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Of about 32,000 births each year in WA, approximately 2,800 are preterm and this figure is rising.

Volunteering at WIRF

WIRF coordinates nearly 100 volunteers who work tirelessly to support the Foundation, the hospital and patients and Staff at King Edward Memorial Hospital. In addition to this, we have over 300 community knitters and sewers who make specialised garments for use in the hospital’s special care nursery, and comfort blankets for the oncology patients.  Many of our volunteers work in the hospital’s café / gift shop and op shop, and others provide vital support for clinic patients. Our volunteers coordinate baby packs for the Social Work Department to provide to families in need, and memory boxes for the hospital’s Perinatal Loss Service.

Join the Friends of WIRF volunteer team - you can make a real difference!

The Foundation is immensely proud of its volunteers. Their hard work and commitment directly benefits women and babies in WA through our research grants program and by supporting patients and visitors to King Edward Memorial Hospital.

We value the time our volunteers give and the skills they bring to the various volunteer roles. Giving just a few hours a week or even once a fortnight helps us enormously.

There are a number of different opportunities available depending on your interests, skills and level of experience.

Areas where volunteers give support:

  • The Café/Gift Shop
  • The Opportunity Shop
  • Patient support in Wards, Clinics, Social Work, Perinatal Loss Service
  • Office/Ward Administration
  • Event/Marketing Assistance
  • Drivers for our Hug Campaign Merchandise box deliveries and pick-ups (Perth Metro)
  • Knitting / sewing clothes for preterm babies (click here for patterns)

Becoming a volunteer at WIRF provides you with:

  • A sense of involvement
  • Opportunities for friendship and social contact
  • A way of giving back to the community
  • An interesting and dynamic workplace
  • A chance to use existing skills and develop new ones.

Due to our criminal and health insurance screening requirements we ask our volunteers to commit to a minimum of 12 months service. If you have a couple of hours to spare each week or fortnight then we'd love to hear from you. To find out more about volunteering please contact us.

Volunteer Vacancies

We are currently seeking volunteers for the days and times below:

Op Shop Assistants on -
Monday (12 til 2.30pm)
Tuesday (anytime)
Wednasday (12 til 2.30pm)
Frid (12 til 2.30pm)          

If you’d like to be a part of our friendly Volunteer team, please contact jreid@wirf.com.au. Our current, advertised volunteer roles can be viewed here on Seek Volunteer.

Read more about what our volunteers do here:

Volunteer Stories

Volunteers in the Café/Gift Shop

Volunteers in the Op Shop

Volunteer Patient Support

Volunteers for the WIRF Office

Volunteer Knitting and Sewing


Volunteering with us

Volunteer Expression of Interest Form

Volunteer Policy

Volunteer News

Thanks to City of Subiaco for supporting WIRF's Volunteers

Contact Us

To find our more about volunteering please send us an email or call (08) 6458 1437