Volunteer Bev, Steggles Cuddle Carer

VOLUNTEER WEEK: The best job in the world

Bev began volunteering for the Children’s Hospital Foundation eight years ago. With a background in nursing and ambulance services, she felt like she could make a real difference to the lives of sick kids and their families at our children’s hospital.

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Bev has a very special voluntary role at the hospital, as a Steggles Cuddle Carer. This program gives parents the opportunity to take a break from their baby’s bedside, consult with medical staff, make phone calls, or just catch up on some sleep. Our Steggles Cuddle Carer volunteers are there to give comfort to babies with a warm cuddle, making a real difference to parents and nursing staff.

“As a cuddle carer, I just love the fact that we can give cuddles to the little ones in need. It is a privilege to share their journey,” Bev said.

Each day, our Cuddle Carers receive feedback from families as well as hospital staff about the great work they do to help assist an unsettled baby.

Last year, our Steggles Cuddle Carers gave out over 2,300 warm and loving cuddles to our sick kids.

Volunteer Week - Perry

VOLUNTEER WEEK: Comforting concerned parents

Perry is a dedicated Operating Theatre Support volunteer with the Children’s Hospital Foundation. He assists parents whose children are having surgery by explaining procedures, assisting them with theatre gowns, and spending time with family members in the waiting room. The company and reassurance of volunteers like Perry helps ease anxiety for families as they wait for their child to finish in theatre and start their recovery.

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Perry joined as a volunteer more than five years ago after taking a tour of our children’s hospital.

“What can I say – my heart was stolen” Perry says, and quickly signed up to become a Children’s Hospital Foundation volunteer.

Perry said his volunteer role is to look after parents, allowing medical staff to focus on the child.

“My role is a simple way of helping parents take care of those little worries, so they can concentrate on their really important mission – to help their child get well.”

Perry’s role with the Children’s Hospital Foundation not only helps parents and children, but it also highlights the real difference our volunteers make in many lives, every day at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

Last year, our operating theatre support volunteers assisted over 8,600 families.

MASKS Easter visit 2016

Easter at our children’s hospital

Sick kids at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have been receiving many special visitors in the lead up to Easter.

Stefan the hairdresser’s charity ‘MASKS’ (Make A Sick Kid Smile) Foundation kicked off the action last week, with a convoy of police vehicles visiting the hospital. The Easter bunny was escorted by Queensland Police Service officers through the wards to bring big smiles to all the kids.

This week, the Children’s Hospital Foundation hosted a kid’s Easter Party outside the hospital.

Kids were treated to face painting, arts and crafts, visits from farm animals as well as superhero abseiling, police dog encounters, candle making, yummy treats from The Coffee Club and Rydges Hotels & Resorts and much more!

We were also joined by Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, Hon. Cameron Dick. The Minister helped give out treats to a huge crowd from the Easter egg hunt as well as mingle with the crowd.

The staff and volunteers from the Children’s Hospital Foundation would like to wish all sick kids and their families a safe and happy Easter!

 

Easter at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital

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volunteers needed

Calling all volunteers!

The Children’s Hospital Foundation has a really exciting volunteering opportunity coming up in February. It’s at a brand new event called Brisbane Coot-tha Burn which the Foundation is a beneficiary of. This event is set to raise thousands of dollars for the Foundation to help sick kids.

We need 50 volunteers and would be very grateful for your help. Why not get family and friends to volunteer with you?

What is the Brisbane Coot-tha Burn?

Brisbane Coot-tha Burn is a prestigious new cycling event in Brisbane where professional and amateur cyclists climb Mount Coot-tha for their chance to win $40,000 in prizes. Former professional road cyclist and Tour De France yellow jersey winner Jens Voigt is the special guest cyclist at this event. With a full day’s schedule of races, expo and recovery village, this event is going to be huge. For more details visit the Coot-tha Burn website.  

Volunteer role details

Date: Saturday 13 February
Shift times: Course Marshalls

Shift 1: 6.45am – 10.45am

Shift 2: 10.30am – 2.30pm

Shift 3: 2.15pm – 6.15pm

 

Rider and Baggage Check In

Shift 1: 6.30am – 9.30am

Shift 2: 9.15am – 12.15pm

Shift 3: 12pm – 3pm

Shift 4: 2.45pm – 5.45pm

Please note your start time is when you are signed on and ready to start. Please allow additional time for travel and to move from your car etc.

Role: Course Marshalls

Based on the edge of the race course, you will ensure the course is safe, that spectators don’t enter the track, report any first aid incidents, keep spectators informed during the event etc

Important Notes

·         You must have a mobile phone with you on the day to call in any emergency/first aid incidents

·         Course Marshalls will be standing for the duration of their shift and must be able to walk to and from their position on the course. This can be approximately 500-700m on Mount Coot-tha. Please ensure you are physically able to do this.

·         Course Marshalls are welcome to bring a light fold up camp chair to sit in while on course. However, you must be able to carry this with you.

Rider and Baggage Check In

Assist Event Managers to check in riders, issue them with race packs and store their baggage in the cloak room.

No of volunteers: Course Marshalls

15-20 per shift

Rider and Baggage Check In

1 per shift

Volunteer briefing: A full volunteer briefing will be held at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital on Thursday 4th February from 6pm – 6.45pm.

It is preferred that you attend this briefing so that you are fully aware of your role on the day, get your t-shirt etc.

Transport: There is no public transport to Mt Coot-tha. Volunteer/staff car parks will be provided onsite, or you will need to arrange a lift.
Uniform: Shorts or jeans

Comfortable closed in shoes ie trainers suitable for walking and standing in

You will be given a Coot-tha Burn shirt at the briefing which you can keep

Hat and own sunscreen

Catering: Water will be provided.
Friend/families: Yes your friends or family can volunteer with you. They must be over the age of 18 and meet the above requirements.

 

Please ask them to email us with the above details.

How to volunteer

If you are able to help out please email us with the following details:

Name:

Preferred shift:

Mobile:

Shirt size:

Emergency contact details:

If you have any questions please email volunteerservices@childrens.org.au.