Volunteers are an essential part of Hospice Tairāwhiti.  They play a crucial role within the organisation and are highly valued and appreciated alongside our paid staff.  Volunteer's contribution enhances the services we can offer patients, family and whānau.

All volunteers are supported by the volunteer coordinator.

Volunteering opportunities within Hospice Tairāwhiti include:

Hospice Shop - The Hospice Shop supports the work of Hospice Tairāwhiti, raising funds to ensure services remain free of charge to patients and families.  here are shop floor and back of the shop volunteer roles to suit all personalities. The behind the scenes roles include - sorting, cleaning and preparing donated items for sale. The front of shop roles can include; stock control, customer service, till/EFTPOS, shop tidiness and presentation. 

Patient and Family Support - Volunteers working in this area provide companionship for patients and time out for caregivers in the patient’s own home.  Work in this area is patient/whānau driven is tailored to the individual needs.  No more than two hours are expected on any given day.  Volunteers working in this area will be given additional training prior to commencing duties and receive ongoing support.

Biography Service - Our biography service offers patients the chance to document significant times in their lives, and leave a lasting legacy for their whānau. There are opportunities for volunteers to work directly with patients and/or be involved in the typing and final production of the biography. Volunteers working in this area will be given additional training prior to commencing duties.

Office Reception - Volunteers assist in the office by answering the phone, greeting visitors, and some basic clerical duties depending on interests and skill in these areas. Shifts from 1 pm to 3 pm, Monday to Friday.

Fundraising - Throughout the year various fundraising events are organised by, or held for the benefit of Hospice. These events can offer volunteers a chance to get involved in casual and short term special event volunteering, where tasks and times are variable.

Hospice Unit - Volunteers assist in our two bedded unit in Gisborne Hospital by ensuring that area is tidy and welcoming, that the refreshment area is well stocked.  This role can also include speaking to patients who are using the rooms. 

Songsters Group - Our volunteer songster have a regular monthly roster of visits planned for local rest homes and age care facilities.  this group of volunteers provide entertainment through singing and engagement to those living or attending the services.  Each singing visit usually lasts for one hour.  There is the option to choose which facilities you wish to sing in.

Youth Ambassador Programme - We support and encourage youth aged from 14 years to join our volunteer programme.  Working within local high schools our youth ambassadors spread the word of hospice, engage in event volunteering and learn and develop community connections.

Bakers - if you like to bake we would love to receive your baked goods.  Biscuits, simple slices or loaves - nothing too fancy and not necessary in large amounts.  These are taken to our hospice patients and their whānau.  Become a frequent baker or donate when you have the time. 

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Want to know more? 

Hospice Tairāwhiti is built on a bedrock of volunteering. If you have a specific skill set you would like to volunteer to Hospice Tairāwhiti please get in touch, this list is not exhaustive.

Contact volunteer co-ordinator Jane Kibble 06 869 0552 or email jane@hospicetairawhiti.org.nz.  She will then arrange a time to meet with you and discuss volunteering opportunities at Hospice Tairāwhiti.