Volunteering makes a difference to patient's lives

Woman standing in corridor
Sandra Barlow
October 9, 2020

Volunteering is about so much more than donating your time; it’s about making life-long relationships, adding value to other people’s lives and feeling fulfilled.

Fremantle Hospital Volunteer Program (FHVP) is seeking volunteers to provide help and support to patients during their hospital stay. 

Fremantle Hospital offers a wide range of volunteer services that require people with different skillsets.

FHVP volunteer Sandra Barlow has been volunteering at both Fiona Stanley Hospital and Fremantle Hospital for six years.

“Patients at Fremantle have such great stories to tell, it is very rewarding to meet them and spend time with them,” said Sandra.

“I have worked professionally all my life but now I just wanted to give back and do something fulfilling with my time.

“It has been such a great experience so far and I have made lifelong friends.”

Working closely with hospital employees, volunteers will provide a suite of services to both patients and visitors, to enhance their hospital stay and assist patients in their recovery.

Volunteers must:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Have well developed communication skills
  • Be committed to improving the patient experience
  • Be culturally aware
  • Be reliable
  • Be empathetic and considerate to patients, relatives, staff and other volunteers
  • Be able to work well in a team environment

The FHVP is currently developing new services with a focus on supporting cognitively impaired patients within specific wards.  

This is just the start of this new and exciting suite of services that will continue to be developed.

If you want to be part of the future contact the Volunteer Service on 6152 5778 or fshvolunteers@health.wa.gov.au