The Hospital Outreach Programme brings the hopeful, playful spirit of Barretstown to children and families in the hospital setting. By offering unique, creative and developmentally appropriate activities and interactions, we help to restore joy and laughter in a time often laden with fear, stress and uncertainty. We work collaboratively with hospital staff to create activity based programmes focused on improving the quality of life during treatment. The Hospital Outreach Programme continues to bring the joy and fun of Camp’s summer programming to seriously ill children year round.
What is expected of me as a volunteer?
As a volunteer with HOP you will work with the Outreach Team to facilitate programmes in various hospital settings including playrooms, bedsides, wards and clinics. Our Outreach Manager will share information on the programme with you by email and meet you on the morning of the visit to go through the programme plan and provide any necessary training. Our programmes run at various times on various days of the week, depending on the hospital. Please see our HOP Calendar for more details.
We run HOP regularly in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s Hospital, the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick children and monthly programmes in Cork University Hospital and University College London Hospital.