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. We typically HOP in CHI at Crumlin, CHI at Temple Street, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Cork University Hospital and University College London Hospital. Due to restrictions, our HOP programme is now being delivered through monthly HOP activity packs that include camp goodies and activities to continue spreading some Barretstown fun in the hospital!
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 Team 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 CHI at Crumlin, CHI at Temple Street, the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick children and monthly programmes in Cork University Hospital and University College London Hospital.