Volunteer at our Outreach Programmes
Bring the joyful spirit of Barretstown to children and families beyond our gates throughout the year.
Hospital Outreach Programme
The Hospital Outreach Programme (HOP) brings the positive, playful spirit of Barretstown to children and families in the hospital setting. By offering unique, creative and developmentally appropriate activities and interactions, we help to restore joy and laughter in a time often laden with fear, stress and uncertainty.
We work within the hospital environment to create activity-based programmes focused on improving the quality of life during treatment. The Hospital Outreach Programme continues to bring the happiness and fun of the camp’s summer programming to children living with a serious illness all year round.
We typically offer our Hospital Outreach Programme in CHI at Crumlin, CHI at Temple Street, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Cork University Hospital, Mercy University Hospital, Cork, and University College London Hospital.
Interested in volunteering with our Hospital Outreach Programme?
As a volunteer with HOP, you will work with the Outreach Team to facilitate programmes in various hospital settings including playrooms, bedsides, wards, and clinics. Our Recruitment Team will share information on the programme with you by email, and then our Outreach Team will meet you on the morning of the visit to go through the programme plan and provide any necessary training.
Our programmes run at various times on various days of the week, depending on the hospital. We are looking for volunteers who are available mornings, afternoons, or evenings to help facilitate the programme. Currently, we are recruiting volunteers who have previously been to our camp programme, or who have previously volunteered with HOP.
We run HOP regularly in CHI at Crumlin, CHI at Temple Street, the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and monthly programmes in Cork University Hospital, Mercy University Hospital, Cork, and University College London Hospital.
Barretstown's Hospital Outreach Programme
School Education Programme
Barretstown’s School Education programme aims to create a fun, interactive and child-friendly approach to explaining the serious illness of a child in the class, whilst dispelling myths associated with it. This is a free programme that encourages children to be supportive of their classmate in school and reduces the likelihood of bullying, exclusion, confusion or anxiety. Often children living with a serious illness can look different as a result of the side effects from their treatment, or they may have various medical devices they use each day - this needs to be explained to the class to help them understand what they are going through and how to support them. The programme typically includes a short puppet show, in which our puppets discuss the child’s illness, followed by group discussions through games and activities. The programme will be facilitated in the child’s school for their class by the Outreach Team. The Team will liaise with the child’s parents and teacher to tailor the programme to ensure it is age appropriate, relevant to the child’s illness and beneficial to all the class.
Camp in Schools
Our Camp in Schools programme is designed to bring some of the fun of camp into the classroom. This post camp booster, which is designed for children who have participated in our residential programme, helps to reduce feelings of isolation in the classroom and helps the child share the fun of camp with their classmates. Each programme is tailored to meet the needs of the child considering various abilities, age, any shyness, and their classmates understanding of the role of Barretstown in their life.
This is a free programme and is activities and games focused with an emphasis on teamwork, friendship, and creating a sense of accomplishment for the class. It is available to schools across the country.
Interested in volunteering with our School Outreach Programme?
Due to the nature of our School Outreach Programmes, there are limited opportunities to volunteer with us, with preference being given to volunteers with significant Barretstown experience. Please get in touch with us if you are interested in volunteering with our school programmes.Apply now