Maika Butler and Sheila Nixon with Playscheme co-ordinator Carol Reddacliff at the Tweed Hospital.
Maika Butler and Sheila Nixon with Playscheme co-ordinator Carol Reddacliff at the Tweed Hospital. Craig Sadler

Giving parents a break

THE sick children in the Tweed Hospital are looking for companionship.

The Tweed Heads branch of the Australian Red Cross runs a program called Playscheme in which they visit the children and keep them company during their hospital stay.  

Playscheme co-ordinator Carol Reddacliff said the program was in need of more volunteers.  

“We visit the hospital each Monday and Thursday and visit with the kids while their parents take a break,” Ms Reddacliff said.  

“We relieve the parents so they can have a coffee or a rest; many of them are here all night with their children.  

“Volunteers are needed from 10am to 12pm; we are on a roster so you don't need to be available every week.”  

Ms Reddacliff said a training day would take place on Thursday, June 2.  

“The training day will cover hospital policy that volunteers need to know before they start,” Ms Reddacliff said.  

“To be a volunteer you need to be over 18 and be able to talk with the children. Anyone can be a volunteer. You just need to have a love of children and we need as many volunteers as we can get.”  

To volunteer for Playscheme, call Ms Reddacliff on (07)55368569.



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