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Children’s charity calls out for hospital volunteers


Áine Ryan

CHILDREN in Hospital Ireland (CHI) has made a call-out for volunteers to provide play and fun for sick children in Mayo University Hospital (MUH), Castlebar. The children’s charity will host an information and interview evening on Thursday, February 8 next, to assess suitable candidates for the very worthy volunteerism project.
Those interested and who prove suitable will be asked to commit two to three hours each week to ensuring MUH is ‘a happier place for a sick child’. 
“We need your help to organise play activities for hospitalised sick children, from painting, helping with jigsaws or board games, to simple arts and crafts, or reading stories.
We are currently appealing for volunteers, to volunteer in Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar,” a spokeswoman explained.
She continued: “Hospitalisation can be a very stressful experience for both children and parents.  Play helps to alleviate some of that trauma. Simple play activities introduce a reassuring normality to a strange hospital environment. It is a natural part of a child’s life and aids recovery.  It also helps the child to build relationships and make new friends, and above all brings fun into the child’s life.”
Volunteers must be aged over 18 years and be prepared to sign up for a year. They will undergo Garda Vetting/Police Clearance. A comprehensive training programme will be provided for volunteers, as well as ongoing support. Successful candidates will be invited to attend a training session on Saturday, February 24 from 10am to 4pm,  in Castlebar.
CHI has provided play and fun activities for sick children in hospitals around the country for over 45 years.

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