Companion Volunteer - General Wards

Our friendly teams of Companion Volunteers work with patients throughout Auckland Hospital. They provide non-clinical support to patients on eight general wards including General Medicine, Orthopaedics, Urology and Respiratory wards.
Companion volunteers engage with patients one-on-one and in group settings through conversation and a wide variety of activities, such as playing games, arts and crafts and music. Every day is different and you will meet a huge variety of people, from different cultures and backgrounds and you will have the chance to make a significant contribution to the patient's stay and well-being.
Volunteer training, ongoing support and opportunities for learning are provided.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • visit patients to chat, listen and provide non-clinical support
  • accompany patients to ward lounge, cafe' on site or for a walk
  • donate books or magazine to patients
  • bring/refill coffee, tea or water
  • play games/music (if desired)

See link for more information.


We are seeking people with the following specific qualities to become Companion Volunteers:

  • be a good listener and communicator, be good-natured and non-judgmental
  • big-hearted, compassionate and want to spend meaningful time with patients
  • have a great eye for details to identify patients' needs
  • have a confident and creative talent to keep patients engaged and entertained.

We ask for a commitment of a minimum of one shift per week for one year. The recruitment process includes a criminal history check, an immunity blood check, two references checks, COVID vaccinations and booster and a Vulnerable Child Act (VCA) check.

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment:

Shifts available:
Mon-Fri 10.30am-1.30pm and 4.00pm-7.00pm
Sat: 10.30am-1.30pm

Getting started:
The first step is to express your interest by applying directly to the organisation. You will then be able to find out more about the role and how to proceed.

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