The staff and children at The Children's Hospital at Westmead are supported by over 400 enthusiastic and talented volunteers. They contribute in many different ways and are highly valued and appreciated for the positive difference they make to the daily running of the hospital.
There are many different volunteering opportunities available, which are listed below with contact details of the relevant Volunteer Coordinator.
The General Volunteer Program
You can volunteer within the Hospital doing various general tasks, including concierge service, sibling care, working in the Volunteer Shop, toy distribution and clerical assistance.
Please email the Volunteer Coordinator for this program, Jill Jenkins for more information.
AWCH Ward Grandparent Scheme
Ward Grandparents are a vital part of the caring network for children at the Hospital. Parents face a variety of pressures when their child is sick and this is compounded when the family come from a rural area and/or the parents have other children to care for and few extended family supports.
Ward grandparents use their experience in loving and caring for their own children and grandchildren to make a difference in the lives of our children. When parents are unable to care for their children they cuddle, play with, talk and meet the basic needs of the children. They can also offer support and encouragement to parents in their time of need.
If you have a love of children and are willing to invest in their lives please contact the Program Manager at AWCH, Anne Cutler.
Paediatric Palliative Care Family Support Volunteers
Family Support Volunteers work off-site from the Hospital, visiting families at home. They support families who have children with life-limiting illnesses. The volunteer role includes playing with unwell children or their siblings, helping with outings to the shops or park, providing light practical assistance around the house or garden or being a listening ear in a time of need. Family Support volunteers need to have a positive and flexible attitude, be emotionally mature and have openness to diverse cultures, religions and backgrounds.
Volunteers need to be able to commit to up to four hours per week, preferably on week days between 9am and 5pm. It is useful to have a full driving licence and access to a car (petrol costs are reimbursed). We offer comprehensive training and continuing support to all our volunteers.
Currently we especially need volunteers who are able to visit in the Western suburbs such as Auburn, Blacktown, Erskine Park and the Hills Districts however, applications from other areas in Sydney are also encouraged.
The Carer Support Program
Volunteers are needed to provide support for carers through the Parent and Carer Resource Centre. Carers are usually the parents of the child but carers can also be grandparents, foster carers and other relatives or friends of the child.
Volunteers in the Carer Support Program are responsible for staffing the Centre. The Centre has been designed by parents for parents and is a non-clinical, homely environment where carers can take a break. We require our volunteers to provide assistance and support to carers of children at the Hospital, this includes providing information about appropriate services and support to access them, providing a listening ear, a friendly chat or sometimes just a cup of tea to a stressed or tired carer.
Carer Support Volunteers work solely with carers and parents. Our volunteers do not work with the children in the hospital.
Please email Kelly Bowler for further information.
Read more information about the Carer Support Program.
Tour escorts help to conduct tours of the Hospital for a range of visitors. The types of groups that tour the hospital include schools, community groups, health professionals and overseas visitors
They provide information about the Hospital, including history, facilities and specialist care and manage groups while they are visiting the Hospital so they have the least impact upon the staff, patients and carers.
If you would like more information about becoming a Tour Escort, please email Paul Wilson.
Many of our biggest and most successful events depend upon the commitment and support of event volunteers, as do numerous awareness-raising and fundraising activities conducted by the Hospital.
It is because of this commitment and support that our event volunteers contribute largely in making a huge difference to the lives of sick children and their families who seek the services of the Hospital.
Volunteers are needed for a range of events throughout the year. To find out more, visit www.bandagedbear.org.au