Volunteering opportunity at hospitals re-establish

Tauranga Hospital volunteers enjoying spending time with the canine pet therapy volunteers. Photo: supplied. 

Have you ever thought of volunteering a part of your time? Maybe you know someone – family or friend – who would gladly spend time talking and supporting patients and whānau?

Or someone who simply appreciates our doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, and other health workers, and the care they provide for those in need? 

After a period of inactivity due to Covid, Health New Zealand Te Whatu Ora - Hauora ā Toi/ Bay of Plenty is re-establishing the opportunity for members of the public to volunteer at Tauranga and Whakatāne hospitals. 

Volunteers provide a crucial service to the care of patients and the support of their families, says Health NZ Bay of Plenty volunteer co-ordinator David McLeod.  

“Our volunteers strive to provide a positive experience for our patients, whānau and staff and recognise diversity by treating all people with dignity and respect,” says David. 

He also believes that volunteering strengthens community values and fosters caring and sharing through collaboration.

“Our volunteers know the value of contribution and are recognised and acknowledged as part of a ‘team’ dedicated to wellbeing. 

“Training with orientation will be provided for all volunteers. The minimum length of service as a volunteer is six months and our minimum age is 18 years.” 

If you want to join this team, visit: www.bopdhb.health.nz  

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