Every day, Nova Scotia Health volunteers make someone's day brighter in communities across Nova Scotia.
Who are our volunteers?
Nova Scotia Health volunteers are individuals looking for a rewarding opportunity to share not only their time but also to provide meaningful support to patients, clients, residents, their families and our frontline staff through a variety of roles. Volunteers are a vital link in the important work of Nova Scotia Health.
Why volunteer with us?
Volunteers complement the care provided by professional staff. As a volunteer, you can gain personal satisfaction from helping others, obtain experience relevant to your future employment or educational plans, meet new people and learn more about the health care system.
How much time do I need to commit?
As a general rule, we ask volunteers to commit to approximately two or three hours per week on a regularly scheduled day, for a minimum of four months. The minimum volunteer commitment may be greater than four months depending on the site and the volunteer position of interest to you.
Get to know our volunteers
Keltie & Maiya (Therapy Dog Team)
Brenda Mackenzie (Patient and Family Advisor)
In-Patient Volunteers work within a supportive and interactive team environment to provide support to patients, families and staff members as part of the care team at our facilities. These volunteers visit with patients and families, support staff with non-clinical patient care, sit with patients during meals and do a range of tasks from stocking linen carts to filling water jugs. The demands of the In-Patient Volunteer program is ever changing. The In-Patient volunteer program allow volunteers to gain hands on experience in a health care setting. If you enjoy working with people and having a role that is provides new challenges then this role may be for you.
Mental Health and Addictions volunteer programs give care and support to people living with mental health disorders and substance/gambling addictions. Our programs include health promotion and prevention, along with general and specialized treatment. Our Mental Health programs include outpatient/community-based programs, home/school-based interventions and inpatient services. Mental Health and Addictions volunteers assist staff with activities for patients to engage in a group or individual setting. They can also support patients on a one-to-one basis, providing mentorship and social interaction. As a Mental Health volunteer, you have an opportunity to positively impact people experiencing mental illness and/or addiction.
Music heals - and nowhere is this more apparent than in our Music Volunteer programs. The goals of the Music Volunteer programs range from encouraging patients and their families, participating in recreational and leisure activities, and providing calming music interludes amidst what can be a stressful time. In these programs, volunteers with musical experience also have an opportunity to provide musical entertainment for patients and their families. If you have a musical talent that you would like to share in a meaningful way, this role may be for you.
Here at Nova Scotia Health we have a number of Volunteer Programs that offer One-to-One support for our patients, residents and their families. From Friendly Visitor programs to Meal Assistance programs, our volunteers offer individual support and social interaction for our patients and residents, by positively impacting patient care and dramatically reducing the workload of our frontline staff. While sitting and having a visit with a patient or resident, playing a game of cards or keeping them company during mealtime, you are providing them a much-needed social connection. If you are interested in volunteering in a role that allows for more of a personalized interaction, then one of these roles may be for you.
The goal of our Recreation programs is to encourage and support residents in long-term care homes and hospital inpatient units to participate in recreation, leisure, and communication-based experiences. Activities could include creative expression, music, relaxation, exercises, games, or conversations. Throughout each shift, volunteers are actively engaged with patients and provide companionship and socialization. In addition, they help with setting and cleaning up before and after activities. These programs give the participants the opportunity to engage in regular mental and physical activities, as well as, to see the benefits that such activities have on their health. If you have a passion for healing through recreational activities, then this may be of interest to you.
Volunteer Transportation programs and services are critical in meeting the mobility needs of older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers when accessibility to transportation options are limited. Barriers to transportation can result in a loss of independence and increased isolation. Our Transportation Volunteers ensure that our clients and patients maintain their independence and quality of life. If providing independence to seniors and patients with disabilities is of interest to you, then this role may be for you.
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