About this opportunity
- On arrival to the unit, check with nursing desk to see if there are children who might benefit from some company
- Under supervision of nursing staff, volunteers will provide care in the form providing a soothing environment which may include singing, reading, playing with and talking to the baby or child. This may include holding the baby and rocking gently to sleep.
- Upon guidance from a nurse: provide comfort to patients in the absence of parents/guardians: console, hold “cuddle”, stable infants under direct supervision of infant’s nurse
- Parent/Guardian support: offer to be present if parent needs/wishes to leave bedside
- Engage siblings in recreational play activities when required
- If asked by a parent for toys, books, DVDs or distraction games provide this equipment from the playroom. If playroom co-ordinator is available ask for their assistance.
- Engage in age appropriate play, recreational and supportive activities which normalize the hospital environment for children and families eg. reading, doing puzzles, playing cards or computer games, setting up movies, organizing crafts or art activities This is particularly important for children who are restricted to bed
When not directly interacting with the families and patients, volunteers will follow instructions of the Children’s ward nursing staff and complete tasks as required such as:
- answering the door bell, ascertaining the correct visitors of patients and facilitating entry
- restocking of resource cupboards with stock from ward storeroom (nappies, wipes etc.)
- Assisting with making up admission packs and restocking car parking tickets
- Sorting, folding and labelling of donated clothes
- Maintaining play equipment by tidying and cleaning the playground, reduce WHS hazards by putting away toys as required, support infection and hygiene control of toys by disinfecting used toys with hot soapy water and drying them, and assisting to keep toy cleaning register
- Supporting families on discharge, collecting belongings and escorting to their car
National Police Clearance, DCSI Working with Children check are required. Whooping Cough & any additional Immunisations if required will be discussed and be provided at the hospital.
Covid-19 vaccination . National Police Certificate *. Others . Working with Children Check *.
* As each organisation provides different levels/types of insurance, volunteers are reminded to check with the organisation as to the type of insurance provided for volunteers (e.g. Volunteer Personal Accident Insurance).
Shift times 12 :00 - 4 or 4.00 - 8.00 weekdays. 10:00 - 2:00 or 4:00 - 8:00 weekends Multiple shifts available. * Best practice volunteer involvement recommends that a volunteer role should not be more than 15-16 hours per week.Suitable for
- Skilled Volunteers
- Companionship & Social Support
- Music & Entertainment
Provided prior to and on the job