Hospital Education Service Volunteer
About this role
Spending time in hospital can be a disruption to daily life but our Hospital Education Service ensures that our young patients do not miss out on their education. Working with a child’s own school curriculum, our qualified hospital teachers provide daily educational support in a one-to-one or group setting, either at bedside or in the hospital’s dedicated schoolrooms. The team will support any and all children who are well enough to learn and will also work with pupils with severe and complex needs, with any area of education. It’s not all reading and writing – they will also teach music and art – and the service extends beyond the Royal Hospital for Children to take the young patients at Stobhill Hospital too.
As a Hospital Education Volunteer, your duties will be to support the teachers in a variety of ways – preparing school materials for both individual and group lessons, accompanying children to and from the school rooms, supporting school with arranged by the teacher and reading stories and helping with arts and musical activities.
This is a role that is well suited to prospective, current and past teachers, as well as anyone who has an interest in the education and learning of children and young people.
To be accepted for this role, you must:
• Be aged over 18
• Pass a PVG check and occupational health screening
• Supply two satisfactory references
NB - Gel nails and nail varnish cannot be worn if you are accepted for this ward based volunteer role. This is due to infection control regulations.
• Enjoy working with and supporting children
• ‘Can do’ attitude
• Able to work as part of a team
• Comfortable with storytelling
• Volunteering experience
• Experience of working in a healthcare environment and/or with children and young people
• Experience of working in an educational or teaching environment
• Interest in music / arts and crafts
• A unique and rewarding volunteer role
• Full training and hospital orientation
• Great experience for your CV
We ask you to commit to a minimum of one, three hour shift per week Monday to Friday (morning 9am -12pm or afternoon 12pm -3pm) for a minimum of 12 months. Please note that the application process and checks for successful applicants can take a number of weeks so volunteering opportunities will start when the Hospital Education Service re-opens after the school summer holidays in August 2016.