Reference nr. 2521 : North Haven Hospice
Nurturing Touch Massage for patients (ALL TRAINING & EQUIPMENT PROVIDED)

At North Haven Hospice we have a team of volunteers who provide Nurturing Touch (NT) massage to patients and/or carers in the patient’s own home.

Nurturing Touch is a unique form of massage that utilises methods specific to working with the terminally ill. Once a volunteer has been trained in Nurturing Touch, they can give this massage to a patient’s hands and feet and eventually with additional training, to a patient’s back, neck and shoulders if required.

The therapist works individually in the community in a patient’s home. You are supported by a mentor to provide supervision and Volunteer Services at North Haven provides ongoing support. A fully equipped therapy bag is provided for NT Therapists who are active in the community.

  • Attending a NT training workshop at North Haven Hospice (Thursday 28th May).
  • 2x supervised NT sessions with patients.
  • 2x sessions shadowing an In-Patient Unit volunteer to gain a better understanding of Hospice.
  • Attend an Induction course of 6 hours during your 1st year of volunteering.

You are expected to attend further in-service training to enable you and patients to interact safely.

Specific requirements
  • Willingness to be trained to hospice standards for this very therapeutic role.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Be willing to travel in the Whangarei district (hospice can provide petrol reimbursement under some circumstances).
  • Be able to have a minimum of 2 patients at any one time in the community.


6 volunteers needed


✔ Police check
✔ Reimburse expenses
✔ Reference provided after some time