Emergency: 911
Telecare: 811
Poison: 1-800-565-8161
5850/5980 University Ave., Halifax, NS B3K 6R8

Volunteer Opportunities

Child Life – The playrooms are a popular request of volunteers so there are limited spaces available.  Here you will be playing with the patients that come to enjoy some time away from their hospital rooms.  The patients range in age from newborn to 12 years.  Most placements are for Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm.

Child Life – The Teen Lounge is another popular request of volunteers.  Here you will be interacting with teens from the age of 12 to 16 years by playing board games, pool, or just talking and listening.

Information Desks – You will be the first point of contact for families, patients and visitors that enter the Health Centre.  You will be supplying them with directions to their destinations and answering any of their questions.  The shifts are during the days from 8am-4pm, Monday to Friday.

Escort – You will be delivering charts, files, other small items throughout the Health Centre.  The shifts are during the days from 8am-3:30pm, Monday to Friday.

School Services – This is a tutoring position, usually math and science.  The shifts are during the days from 8am-4pm, Monday to Friday.

Story Time – You will be selecting age appropriate books and reading to the children waiting in the Emergency Department.  Shifts vary.

Clerical – We have various clerical vacancies within the Health Centre where you could be assembling charts, filing, data input, patient reminder calls, etc.  Some of the areas requesting clerical workers are: nursing units, Finance, Clinics, Medical Genetics.  The shifts are during the days from 8am-4pm, Monday to Friday.

Biggs & Littles Gift Shoppe – cashier duties

Emergency – Your focus will be on the families that enter Emergency.  You may be playing with the children or talking to the parents.  Shifts vary

Day Surgery – You will be assisting families and patients through the process of getting ready for their surgery.  Shifts are 8am-10:30am or 10:30-1pm

Mental Health & Addictions Program – If you have special talents such as playing a musical instrument or teaching a fitness class we have a spot for you.  Some of our mental health programs are offsite.  Shifts vary

Pediatric Medical Unit – You could be visiting patients in their rooms or performing clerical tasks.  Shifts vary

Research – You will be doing literature searches, data entry, phoning patients, etc.  Shift varies

Extra Support for Parents - please click here for more information.

Ronald McDonald Family Room - please click here for more information.

Summer Program for students

This program is open to summer volunteers between the ages of 14 and 17 years. 

There is a commitment of four consecutive weeks required -- either in the month of July or August. 

Positions are very limited so please contact us in January to request an application. The deadline for applications is May 1. Our general office number is 470-6692.

Other groups and activities - please click here for more information.

Donating items to the IWK 

The IWK is grateful to the many individuals and groups who so generously donate items to us.

Do you have something you'd like to donate to the IWK?

Please click here to open a brochure offering tips on donating items to the IWK Health Centre and other local organizations.