Becoming a volunteer at Nelson Marlborough Health is a good way to meet new people, make great friendships and lend a helping hand in your community.

Our volunteers do not replace professional services, but are there to enhance the comfort and wellbeing of our patients and visitors.


Volunteer opportunities in 2020

Nelson Hospital shop (9am-4pm)

The Nelson Hospital shop is run by volunteers and profits are returned to the hospital by way of donations of equipment.

FED 2014If you’re interested in volunteering at the Nelson Hospital shop please call (03) 546 1568, or email [email protected] for more information, or visit the Nelson Hospital shop to collect the new volunteers form.


St John Friends of the Emergency Department

Our Friends of the Emergency Department (FED) volunteers and Hospital Friends provide comfort and support to patients and their families in hospital emergency departments, as well as other wards and units.

If you’re interested in volunteer work with Friends of the Emergency Department or Hospital Friends, call St John toll free on 0800 780 780 or complete the online request form.


Volunteer opportunities in 2021

Please note that we are not accepting expressions of interest for new volunteers for the positions listed below, for the rest of 2020. Please check this page again in February 2021.

If you have a question regarding our volunteer programme please email: [email protected]

Nelson: Meals on Wheels drivers in 2021

We are looking for friendly people, with their own car to join our Meals on Wheels service.  We need regular and relief/on-call drivers for our Nelson, Stoke and Richmond delivery zones.

Our Meals on Wheels service delivers low-cost, home-delivered hot meals to members of the community.  The service is primarily intended to support those who have left the hospital, but it extends to any person in the community who could benefit from receiving the service. 

Meals on Wheels is more than just a carrier of hot meals, it provides much needed regular social contract for Meals on Wheels recipients.

Library Assistant 400Nelson Hospital: Library assistant *allocation full, wait list opens again in 2021*

Combine your love of books and visiting people as part of our library team.  We are looking for friendly faces to help take a trolley of books and magazines to various wards for patients to borrow.

Nelson Hospital: Welcomer/wayfinder in 2021

A friendly face, a welcoming smile and a desire to help people are essential qualities for this role. Wayfinders or welcoming volunteers assist our patients and visitors to find their way around Nelson Hospital. 

Nelson Hospital and Wairau Hospital: Patient/ward support in 2021

Providing support and comfort to our patients and visitors is at the heart of this role. Vacancies are advertised on the Volunteer Nelson and Volunteer Marlborough websites.

Nelson Hospital: Buggy driver in 2021

We need drivers for our Shuttle Buggy at Nelson Hospital.  If you are fit and healthy, and enjoy assisting people, become part of the buggy team. 

Nelson community: Nikau House in 2021

If you can make people feel at ease, and have a warm, friendly face then you will fit right in at Nikau House. As a Nikau House volunteer you will need to have a positive outlook and demonstrate respect and sensitivity at all times.