Volunteers contribute to all areas of our services. They are incredibly important to the work we do, and help us to keep our services free for those who need it.

Our volunteers include people from a wide range of backgrounds, ages and cultures, and they volunteer for many different reasons.

Volunteer duties can be either at our community bases in Porirua and Kapiti or at the In-Patient Unit in Newtown. We also have eight retail shops across the Wellington region, which are staffed by our retail volunteers. Volunteers are also involved in supporting patients and families in their own homes, or with various fundraising events in the community.

Becoming a volunteer

Mary Potter Hospice has many opportunities for volunteers and the level of involvement is completely up to you. Our current volunteering opportunities are listed below.

All volunteers must attend ‘Orientation’ sessions to find out more about the roles and role specific training is given prior to commencement. Volunteers are provided with ongoing guidance and support from their supervisor.

Non-retail volunteer role recruitment process

  • Download an application form and police vetting form here, or contact us to have a copy sent to you.
  • Please complete and return your application form to Volunteer Services via email or post.
  • After processing your application form we will contact you to arrange an interview if you have been shortlisted for a vacancy. Please allow up to 2 weeks for a response.
  • If there is a current vacancy that matches your abilities and interests you will be invited to attend our orientation programme (two workshops).
  • After successfully completing the orientation (and any role specific training), you will commence your volunteer role.
  • As a volunteer at the Hospice you will have access to training and support on an ongoing basis.

To contact the Volunteer Services office about volunteering, call 04 381 0171 or email volunteer@marypotter.org.nz

Retail volunteer role recruitment process

  • Download an application form here, or ask for one at one of our retail shops
  • Please return your application form to via email, post or in person at one of our shops (shop volunteers only)
  • We will contact you to arrange an interview and ask you to fill in a Criminal Conviction check
  • Shop volunteers receive full training in their specific shop
  • As a volunteer at the Hospice you will have access to training and support on a regular basis.

To contact the retail team about volunteering, please contact Retail Administrator Kiri Tuitapa by email, or phone 04 237 2300.

Current volunteer opportunities

As at March 2017 we have the following volunteer opportunities available. Please contact us on the details below if you are interested:

How volunteers can help the Hospice

Day Hospice – Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti

Volunteers assist the occupational therapists with activities, preparing and serving food, and also company for patients during outings.

In-Patient Unit – Newtown

Volunteers serve meals to patients and their families at our In-Patient Unit in Newtown, including, lunch, dinner, supper, morning and afternoon tea, not to forget the drinks trolley round!

Retail Shops

Our shop volunteers work in our stores sorting, displaying and selling items which provide a very important source of revenue for the Hospice. They also work as truck drivers (no HT licence required) and truck hands for our Porirua warehouse. After 12 weeks, we provide a Certificate of Attendance to volunteers.

Biography Service: all areas – In-Patient Unit Newtown and Community

Trained biography volunteers spend time with patients, recording and discussing aspects of the person’s life. The interview is then transcribed and given to the patients as a bound book and electronically or on disc. Typing and listening skills are required for this role, as is access to a computer.

Community volunteers

Our community volunteers provide companionship for patients in their own homes, and provide respite for carers. Volunteers who work in the community will be provided with specific training and support.


Volunteers provide transport to and from the day units for patients. You can use your own car, or a Hospice vehicle. Petrol reimbursement is available if using your own car.