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Play Maker

We are looking for confident, creative and reliable volunteers to join our team of Play Makers in the children's hospital!


About this role

Being in hospital can be scary for children and young people. Not only are they ill, they are often separated from their friends and family and familiar surroundings and daily routine.

You will help our patients to relax, have fun and stave off boredom whilst they are waiting for an appointment or being cared for on a ward.

You will work in partnership with the Play Team in each ward and department of the hospital to deliver age appropriate play activities. This involves arts and crafts activities, playing games, reading stories and engaging with children through play.

We look for friendly, welcoming and energetic people who are creative and imaginative and love spending time with babies, 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.

What we're looking for


You must:

  • Confidence and being pro-active in interacting with children and young people
  • Able to relate to people in a friendly and calm manner
  • Ability to empathise and to maintain complete confidentiality
  • Adaptable, flexible and willing to learn
  • Tactful and diplomatic, especially in stressful or emotional situations
  • Creative, confident and enthusiastic
  • Polite, courteous and reliable


  • Volunteering experience
  • Experience of working in a healthcare environment and/or with children and young people
  • Recognition of the importance of boundaries and confidentiality
  • Ability to understand when assistance is required or distance is preferred

What we can offer you

  • A unique and rewarding volunteer role
  • Full training and hospital orientation
  • Great experience for your CV

Time requirements

We ask you to commit to a minimum of one three hour shift per week (Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 12.00pm or 2.00pm - 5.00pm) for a minimum of 12 months. 

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