St John after ‘empathetic’ volunteers


St John is looking for “empathetic, calm, gentle and humorous” volunteers for their Friends of the Emergency Department service at Nelson Hospital.

The primary function of Friends the Emergency Department is to provide comfort, information and non-clinical support to patients, and their families and friends, who are undergoing or awaiting treatment in the Nelson Hospital Emergency Department.

“We are looking for men and women who are compassionate and committed to helping people”, says the group’s team leader Colleen Jamieson.

“Listening to the patients and relatives is one of the most important parts of this role, as is maintaining patient and staff confidentiality. Our volunteers are very empathetic and need to adapt to each patient or relative’s situation – this may mean being calm, gentle and or using their sense of humour”, Colleen says.

Volunteers cover 16, four-hour shifts at Nelson Hospital Emergency Department each week, including weekends.  Volunteers complete a selection process and comprehensive training prior to working in the emergency department.

People interested in this volunteer role are invited to attend an information evening on Thursday, September 24, at 5.30pm, at the Stoke Baptist Church at 648 Main Road, Stoke.

To register your interest or for further information please contact Sarah McCabe, St John Nelson, by phoning 5469445 and selecting option 2 or emailing [email protected]