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By helping us, you're helping hundreds of people every day in lots of ways. Thank you for helping to keep our service free to everyone who needs us.


By helping us, you're helping hundreds of people every day in lots of ways. Thank you for helping to keep our service free to everyone who needs us.

About Us



Volunteer to be part of Wellington Free Ambulance

We are the ones who help the sick and injured for the greater Wellington and Wairarapa region. Our volunteers are a generous and committed team who play a huge part in what we do whether it's becoming an event medic or joining us on Onesie Day, they all make a difference.

Two volunteer collectors on Onesie Day

At Wellington Free Ambulance, volunteers are at the heart of what we do. Looking after our community is a team effort, and everyone has their part to play.

If you are interested in making a difference to your community, check out the different  opportunities we have for you to help. 

Become an Event Medic

Our Volunteer Event Medics are at the heart of our community work. They cover a variety of sporting events, community fairs, live concerts, and more every single week. They also have the opportunity to train community groups in CPR, and even back up our front line crews in emergencies.

Three smiling event medics with thumbs up

To become an Event Medic, you'll need:

  • Minimum of a Comprehensive First Aid Certificate (Unit Standards 6400, 6401 and 6402) or equivalent
  • Full New Zealand Driver's License (held for a minimum of 3 years)
  • Defensive Driving Certificate received within the last 3 years
  • No criminal convictions, previous or pending
  • Be physically fit for lifting and capable of meeting the demands of the role
  • Have excellent communications skills and be able to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Be available for training (including evenings and weekends)
  • Kindness and compassion
  • Ability to work well under pressure and as part of a team.

It’s a lot to ask, but caring for our community is an important job.

Why volunteer for Wellington Free?

  • Meet some great people and make some new friends
  • Make a difference to the lives of others and the wider community
  • Attend some amazing local events
  • Undertake internal First Responder training that will equip you with all the skills you need
  • Be a part of an iconic Wellington organisation!

If you meet the criteria, and want to volunteer as an Event Medic, visit our vacancies page or register your interest at [email protected]. We have an extended training process; it may be 12 weeks from the application closing date before you do your first shift. But we will talk you through the whole process after the closing date.  The training involved in becoming an Event Medic for Wellington Free Ambulance will involve one full weekend per month for five months.

If you want to make a difference in your community, we’d love to have you on the team.

Help us fundraise

You don’t have to wear the Wellington Free green to have the opportunity to make a difference. We have to raise around $7 million every year to keep us here, and keep us free.

Five volunteer collectors dressed up in their onesies

Onesie Day

Onesie Day is our biggest fundraising campaign of the year. It’s the one day we call together everyone; every school, every workplace, every business, every person in our region, and ask them to support us.

If you’d like to volunteer to collect on our Onesie Day street appeal, or host a Onesie Day fundraiser at your school or office, find out more here.

Onesie Day is in September each year.

Fundraise for Us 

When there’s an emergency, our highly skilled paramedics can make the difference. When you fundraise for us, your work is making a huge difference too.

Your donation helps save lives.

If you’d hosting a fundraising event for us, please get in touch: [email protected].

Caring for our community is a team effort, and a good team helps each other. When our paramedics need back up, they call our highly trained call centre. When you’re fundraising, you can call us. We can help you with resources, promotion, and advice.

Help us by sharing your story

Not everyone knows that we are the only emergency ambulance service for the Greater Wellington and Wairarapa region, and the only ones in the country who are free. But you can help share our story, by sharing yours.

Street Collector holding out a box of stickers that say Nice One

If you have had a positive experience with our service and you would be happy to share this with our community, we would love to hear from you. Sharing real stories really helps demonstrate our work to others and lets people know how we help.  Please click here to share your story with us. 

We share these good stories in a number of ways including here on our website, as well as our monthly eNews and social media platforms. 


Sign up to our monthly newsletter to find out what’s happening at Wellington Free, and share the stories you love with your friends.

Social media

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram or LinkedIn and hear all about the people we help, and the people helping us. The more you like, the more your friends and family will hear about us too.



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You Rights & More info


Your Rights

As our patient, and under the Health and Disability Commissioner’s Code of Rights, you have the right to:

  • Be treated with respect
  • Be fully informed
  • Freedom from discrimination, coercion, harassment and exploitation
  • dignity and independence
  • Services of an appropriate standard
  • Effective communication
  • Be fully informed
  • Make an informed choice and give informed consent
  • Support
  • Respect of teaching or research
  • Complain

If we don’t respect these, let us know and we’ll do everything we can to put it right.

Support in the process

If you need support or help with making a complaint, you can contact the office of the Health and Disability Commissioner and ask for an advocate.
0800 555 050


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