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

Volunteer Opportunities

Biggs & Littles Gift Shoppe

cashier duties

Child Life

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 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Clerical Services/Other

Volunteers provide clerical support within the health centre and in offsite areas. Volunteers file, perform data entry, copy, collate, make reminder calls to patients, and many other tasks.

Day Surgery

You will be assisting families and patients through the process of getting ready for their surgery. Shifts are 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. -1 p.m.


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

Escort & Delivery Services

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

Information Desks

You will be the first point of contact for families, patients and visitors that enter the Health Centre. You will be offering them directions to their destinations and answering any of their questions. The shifts are during the days from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

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

Patient/Family Volunteer Visitor

Visitors provide one-to-one visits with patients/families. There are 4 opportunities within this role:

  1. Pediatric visits for those who need extra support
  2. Adult visits for patients here for extended period of time
  3. Language visits for patients/families whose preferred language is not English
  4. Episodic child-minding visits for siblings/outpatients etc.
Pediatric Medical Unit

You could be visiting patients in their rooms or performing clerical tasks. Shifts vary

Ronald McDonald Family Room

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School Services

This is a tutoring position, usually math and science. The shifts are during the days from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Summer Program for Students

This program is open to summer volunteers between the ages of 14 and 18 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 902-470-6692.

Other groups and activities

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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

* for full list of opportunities, please contact our office 902-470-6692.