​​​​Volunteers are an important part of providing health services across Canterbury. The services they provide have become well established and highly valued components of care delivery within our hospitals and in the community.​

The Canterbury District Health Board greatly appreciates the work of hundreds of volunteers that help its patients, visitors and staff. Volunteers help with a myriad of tasks from running library services, working in playrooms and providing computer tutoring to delivering flowers and organising craft and exercise sessions. By giving their time and energy, these 'unsung heroes' help make life a whole lot brighter for many people everyday.

Services provided by volunteers have become well established and highly valued components of care delivery right across the Canterbury Health System.

Typically individuals offer a couple of hours per week. Some choose to give more or less time depending on their other commitments. We like to be flexible and set hours that suit the volunteer.​

The Benefits of Volunteering

  • It is a great opportunity to meet new people and make long lasting friendships

  • It is a wonderful introduction to the healthcare environment to those interested in working in healthcare

  • Helping patients, visitors and staff in the hospital is very rewarding

  • There is ongoing training and support

Ways to Volunteer

There are many ways you can make a difference through a role that matches skills, interests and availability. Our volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to, retail, way-finding, music, gardening, and office support.

If you would like to become a volunteer at Burwood Hospital please contact Rachael Walker at burwoodvolunteers@gmail.com or (03) 383 9499.

Enquiries for volunteering at Christchurch Hospital can be made via christchurch.volunteers@cdhb.health.nz or phone  (03) 3786300 (messages can be left).

If you would like to volunteer at one of our other sites or services, please contact that site/ service directly​ and ask for the volunteer coordinator.

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Related Documents

What is being a volunteer like?
Read stories about our volunteers and their experiences​​ of helping st​​aff, hospital visitors and patients.​

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Page last reviewed: 24 October 2017