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A big thank you to our volunteers and a call for more

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The volunteers at MidCentral DHB are a big part of making the organisation tick, and they were recognised at a special event today.

​Whether it’s taking the trolley around the wards, filled with food and toiletries for patients to buy, or sorting out the hundreds of magazines for the waiting rooms, MDHB’s volunteers do a huge amount of work to improve the experience for patients.

Volunteers are always welcome and it is a very rewarding experience.

One area that is really in need of volunteers is the Garden of Tranquility. The garden is situated in a large courtyard by the hospital’s STAR rehab facilities, and provides a wonderful place for patients and staff to relax among the flowers and trees. Of course, all these flowers and trees require a lot of upkeep, and this is mostly done on a volunteer basis.

Lesley, who coordinates the volunteers, is very keen to see new people jump on board.

She said: “We are always keen to welcome new people. We have had about five people join in the last year, with another four joining in the New Year. A big priority is the garden; that’s somewhere that we are really in need.

“You don’t have to be an expert gardener to help out. Even if it’s just an hour or two a week to sweep the paths and do some weeding, it all helps. At the end of the day, all our volunteers are here to improve the stay of patients and if we can succeed in doing that, it’s all worth it.”

MDHB’s Manager, Human Resources and Organisational Development Anne Amoore, is thankful for the help provided by the volunteers.

She said: “Our team of volunteers are some of the nicest, most generous people we could ask for. Week after week they donate their time to come in and brighten up the day for those who aren’t well. Some of these volunteers have been doing this for decades, and they will continue to do so for many years to come. This celebration event is just a small token of our gratitude for their ongoing hard work.”

If anyone wishes to volunteer, they can contact Glenda Houston on (06) 350-8850 or


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