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 helping facilitate HOP you will work with the Outreach Co-ordinator to facilitate programmes in the playroom. Our Outreach Co-ordinator will share information on the programme planned with you by email and meet you on the morning of the visit to go through the session plan and provide any necessary training. All these programmes are run on weekdays and the commitment from the volunteer is generally 9.30am to 3.30pm.
We run HOP regularly in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s Hospital along with bi-monthly programmes in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and monthly programmes in Cork University Hospital and Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool.