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Volunteering at Homewood Health Centre


Homewood Health Centre Guelph volunteers enrich the lives of our patients and Homewood Health Centre’s community in many ways. From assisting in our programs to volunteering in our Main Street Square Café and Gift Shop, our volunteers are vital to our operations.

Homewood welcomes community members 16 years and older who are enthusiastic and interested in giving some time each week. We are fortunate to have volunteers from high school students to seniors.

Volunteers are asked to give two to four hours a week for a minimum of three to four months. Volunteer shifts are weekdays, evenings and weekends.

Volunteers assist in the following areas

  • Creative Arts
  • Community Addiction Services
  • Main Street Square Café
  • Eating Disorder Program
  • Mealtime Supervision
  • Gift Shop
  • Homewood Volunteer Association Board
  • Horticultural Therapy
  • Library
  • Older Adults – Activities
  • One-to-one Activities with Trillium 2 patients
  • Peer Support
  • Recreation
  • Yoga Instruction

Please note we currently do not have volunteer openings in all areas listed above.


  • Have a positive impact on patients
  • Use a skill or talent
  • Keep busy
  • Interaction with patients
  • Fulfill requirements for student volunteer hours
  • Develop new skills and interests
  • Add valuable volunteer experience to your resume
  • Opportunity to give time to the community

Learn more about the volunteer areas:

In Creative arts patients have the opportunity do a variety of crafts, such as ceramics, mosaics, clay, drawing (charcoal and ink), and acrylic painting.   Volunteers help the recreation therapist with set-up; assist patients in choosing, working on and completing a project; foster a social and therapeutic atmosphere; encourage patients to explore creativity; and help with clean-up of the area. 

Volunteer shifts are Monday to Saturday daytimes.

Volunteers provide a welcoming environment for patients in the café.  Volunteers make coffee and assist patients and other customers in selling quality products.  Cash handling and ensuring all food and drink products are stocked are also part of the role.

Volunteer shifts are weekdays, late afternoon, evenings and weekends.

Volunteers observe and monitor a small group of patients during mealtimes and post mealtimes to contribute to patient well-being.  This role contributes to a relaxed happy atmosphere that supports patient recovery.  

Shifts are Sunday to Saturday 7:30-9:15 am, 11:40 am – 1:30 pm, 4:30-6:30 pm.

Volunteers interact with and assist patients and other customers with purchasing items and gifts.  Customer service and cash handling are required.  There may be other duties such as arranging displays, as assigned.

Volunteer shifts are weekdays, late afternoon, evenings and weekends.

Volunteers assist a horticultural therapist in teaching horticultural skills to patient groups. They also support patients in the group to contribute to patient well-being through the medium of horticultural related activities.

Volunteer shifts are Monday to Saturday daytimes.

Volunteers assist in the general running of the patient library circulation desk, locating and signing out materials for patients, organizing and maintaining the library.  Volunteers must be 18 years of age and older.

Volunteer shifts are 7 days a week, daytimes and evenings.

Volunteers provide 1:1 activation and companionship for patients with dementia.  Activities may include colouring, reading, simple conversation, and other activities.  Volunteers receive guidance from the occupational therapist or recreation therapist.

Shifts are Monday to Friday 1:00-3:00 pm or 1:30-3:30 pm.

Volunteers engage with patients on Trillium 2 in one-to-one or small group activity on the unit or in the courtyard. The activity (board game, puzzle, game of cards, crafts) depends on the interests and skills of the volunteer and the supplies on the unit. This volunteer role reduces isolation and enhances patients’ social skills and self-esteem. Volunteer must be 18 years of age and older.
Shifts are Monday to Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Volunteers provide opportunities for patients to experience a peer support meeting (12-Step, SMART) onsite in-person.

Shifts are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.

Volunteers assist the recreation therapist in organizing and participating in recreation activities to contribute to patient well-being.  Activities may include walks, volleyball, pickle ball, badminton, baseball, tennis, and board games.

Shifts are Monday to Friday daytimes.

Volunteers plan and implement a healthy yoga group for patients to support recovery.  Primary emphasis with patients is on mindful movement, skill development, breathing and meditation, including integration of mind, body and spirit.

Volunteer shifts vary depending on patient program needs.

Volunteering in the Homewood’s café brings me so much joy, happiness and fulfillment. I love that I can give my time and energy here. It gives me a sense of purpose. A kind word and a smile goes a long way for the patients. The Homewood makes me feel like I am a part of their team. I am so proud and fortunate to volunteer at Homewood.

– Volunteer Kathy

Staff and patients are very friendly and it is a wonderful volunteer experience.

– Volunteer Tammy

I want to express how grateful I am. Every volunteer I met was unbelievably nice and I just felt so valued to know that you all dedicate your time to helping people like me. You’re such an inspiration! Thanks so much.

– Patient Jennifer

How do you become a volunteer?

Please complete the Volunteer Application Form and email it to Volunteer Services at the email address on the application with two completed reference forms. Download the Volunteer Reference Request Form here.