Volunteering - You Can Help

Central Health encourages community involvement in healthcare through volunteering. Central Health offers a variety of volunteer opportunities in health centres, long term care facilities and community health programs throughout the region.

If you have a few hours available each week and are interested in contributing to the health of your community, volunteering offers many benefits.

The Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteers are special ‘rays of sunshine’ that brighten the day of those that need it most. They provide support and comfort to visitors, patients, residents and clients who utilize services within our sites.  

 

As a volunteer with Central Health you can:

  • Make a difference through personal contribution

  • Interact with patients and families

  • Meet new people and have fun

  • Enhance services

  • Gain a sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction

  • Share your skills and experiences

  • Network with other volunteers and healthcare professionals

  • Learn new transferable skills and gain valuable experience

  • Earn credits for educational requirements

 

Central Health provides volunteers with:

  • An orientation to Central Health and tour of the facility

  • Training specific to the role and shadowing opportunities

  • An annual behind-the-scenes career day at the regional health centres (open to all Central Health youth volunteers across the region)

  • A Volunteer Appreciation Event every spring in celebration of Central Health’s 750 volunteers across the region

 

Volunteer Roles

 

Central Health facilities offer varying volunteer roles depending on their needs and programming. Below are examples of various positions but are not limited to roles across the region. Contact your local Central Health Volunteer Services representative for an intake interview and to learn more about the volunteer opportunities in your local area.

 

Information Desk Attendant

Volunteers greet guests and provide them with way-finding directions.

 

Gift Shop Clerk

Volunteers provide excellence in customer service while supporting the health foundations and auxiliaries’ efforts to fund medical equipment, programs and services.

 

Therapy Dog Handler (in partnership with St. John Ambulance)

St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs bring joy to residents, patients and family members at our long term care facilities and regional health care centres. 

 

Drivers and Bus Outings Assistants

Volunteers assist recreation staff with bus outings such as an annual Christmas light evening drive.

 

Mealtime Assistant

Volunteers spend one-on-one time with a resident or patient assisting with the mealtime and feeding.

 

Recreation Volunteer

Volunteers provide assistance with a range of activities such as live music, arts and crafts, BINGO and nail care.

 

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Assistant

Volunteers assist staff with cognitive stimulation activities with individuals who have mild to moderate levels of dementia.

 

Comfort Assistant

Volunteers visit with patients to see if they need anything such as an extra pillow, blanket, and box of tissue or help setting up for meal time.

 

Companion

Volunteers conduct friendly visits and spend one-on-one time with patients and residents.

 

Events

Volunteers assist the health foundations with fundraising events.

 

Who can volunteer?

 

​Any individual 15 years of age or older (grade 10) who would like to make a difference and make a positive impact in our healthcare system can become a volunteer. Expectation is a three to six month minimum commitment of 8-10 hours per month (dependent on role and facility). Applicants are required to undergo an important and efficient screening process.  

 

Become a Volunteer

 

Interested in brightening someone’s day? Become a volunteer with Central Health.

 

To volunteer with the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor or James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre in Gander, please follow this process:

 

  1. Please click here  for a list of current volunteer opportunities and apply online.

  2. Following an intake interview, provide reference checks (Central Health will provide the reference check form).

  3. Obtain a provincial court check and Certificate of Conduct with Vulnerable Sector from the RCMP.

  4. Complete Central Health's Pre-Health Assessment for Volunteers.

  5. Complete the free PHIA online course on privacy and confidentiality; attend an orientation and training session.

 

To volunteer anywhere else in the Central Health region, please follow this process:

 

  1. Contact your local Central Health Volunteer Services representative to arrange an intake interview and discuss potential volunteer opportunities. 

  2. Complete an application form and provide reference checks (Central Health will provide the reference check form).

  3. Obtain a provincial court check and Certificate of Conduct with Vulnerable Sector from the RCMP.

  4. Complete Central Health's Pre-Health Assessment for Volunteers.

  5. Complete the free PHIA online course on privacy and confidentiality; attend an orientation and training session.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

​If you have any questions about this process, please contact your local Volunteer Services representative.

 

​We look forward to meeting you and assisting you in finding a volunteer program that is right for you!