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.