St Vincent’s has a large number of volunteers who are a valued part of the health service team and complement the organisation by supporting staff, patients and family members. Volunteering at St Vincent’s is a rewarding experience and offers a caring and supportive environment, an opportunity to meet new people and most importantly- the chance to contribute to your community by helping others.  

Volunteer programs range from direct patient and visitor contact to supporting staff across the organisation.

Each volunteer plays a vital role in improving the hospital experience for patients, carers and visitors, by undertaking a variety of roles, including;

  • Providing general information and assistance to visitors to St Vincents
  • Providing companionship to isolated, lonely or anxious patients, delivering donated magazines and books to patients, assisting identified patients with their meals, facilitating activities (such as arts and crafts or playing games) and directing visitors
    throughout St Vincent's or visiting patients with trained dogs who are part of our Pet Program.  

Volunteers wear an identification badge and a volunteers vest.

Meet our ‎volunteer Peter Dwyer

Angels Volunteers

Angels are specially trained volunteers who provide companionship to patients identified as being at risk of falling. Angels assist with patient supervision by sitting with people to assist with reducing their anxiety through distraction and diversion, such as; reading, doing a puzzle or accompanying them on a walk if appropriate).

Angels volunteers have also been trained by Speech Pathology and are able to assist identified patients with their meals. Since its inception in 2003, Angels at St Vincent’s has provided more than 1350 hours of supervision and non-medical support to patients. The program has proven a successful strategy in reducing falls. No falls have occurred where an Angel has been present.

If you would like more detailed information on becoming a volunteer please contact:

Judy Clover - Manager Volunteer Services
Kate Bellamy - Coordinator Volunteer Services St George's Health Service

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