Ann has been a volunteer with the Children’s Hospice since June 2002.
Why do you volunteer at the Children’s Hospice?
Because of my love of children and a chance to help others.
What sort of tasks are involved in your role?
Doing a “belongings list” for a child who is staying for respite. This is time consuming for the care team so they are always grateful for our help.
Tidying and cleaning toys.
Helping in the kitchen. Mealtimes are especially busy – it is a time to see families together and also to see how well the care team look after the children.
Helping with the laundry.
“Pool Spotting” for families who come in especially to use the pool – a chance to get to know the whole family.
Babysitting the siblings is a chance to let the parents have precious time together knowing their other children are safe.
What is the best thing about being part of Horizon House?
A chance to help the care team with minor tasks to let them get on with the important part of their job, which is to look after a child 1-to-1 for the day.
Friendships of the other volunteers and staff.
What would you say to prospective volunteers?
You will be amazed at the care that the children and families receive. The fact that the parent of a “life-limited” child is able to let someone else look after their child is a good reflection of the trust they have in the care team. Horizon House is a home from home.
(Ann, a volunteer at NI Children’s Hospice)
We are proud to say that we recently won The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016 for the work we do in volunteering across NI Hospice! We were assessed on our commitment to our volunteers, their training and the tasks that volunteers do.
Current recruitment has closed. However please use the enquiry form below to contact us and express your interest and we will let you know when we are recruiting again.
Who can be a volunteer with the Children’s Hospice?
You must be 16 or older and be able to give just 3-5 hours per week/fortnight. A little time will make a big difference. Unfortunately we cannot provide short term, summer, or “holiday time” volunteering. We cannot offer placements or work experience, however we do encourage students to volunteer provided they can commit to the 18 month minimum commitment.
Why volunteer with the Children's Hospice?
Doing everyday tasks such as laundry, tidying toys, preparing rooms, serving tea/coffee, welcoming families at reception, etc make a world of difference to the running of Horizon House and make it a home-from-home for our children and young people. Your volunteer experience will sometimes be challenging but always rewarding.
What volunteering roles do we have to offer at the Children’s Hospice?
Volunteer roles are: kitchen & housekeeping, support, reception & administration, gardening, babysitting and librarians. Not all roles are offered at every recruitment time, but only what is needed in-house. Volunteers are not involved in intimate/personal care, giving advice to children or families, moving/ lifting children or assisting with these tasks. Each recruitment session’s Application Pack will role descriptions for what we are recruiting for.
Volunteering at the Adult’s Hospice is different because of the different needs of their service. You should contact them directly. Tel: 028 90 781836
HOW do you apply to volunteer at the Children’s Hospice?
Step 1 – Express an interest by filling in the form below or call us on 028 90 777 635. Volunteer Services staff will keep your details on the database to be contacted for the next recruitment.
Step 2 – When recruitment re-opens, we will contact you by email or post with application information.
Please note that we only recruit two or three times per year because of the nature of our work and the amount of training required. We will only contact you for the next recruitment and not for other future recruitments. We will not use your contact details for any other reason.
Step 3 – After receipt of your application, you will be invited to a short interview and we will send for references. Successful applicants will then be required to attend an Induction Training Programme, complete an Access NI check, followed by shadowing sessions during which ‘competencies’ are completed.
Step 4 – Once training and paperwork is completed you will be a fully-trained volunteer with the Children’s Hospice!
Please use the enquiry form below to contact us and express your interest for the next available recruitment.
Additional things to consider before applying
A minimum commitment of 18 months (after training and paperwork are complete) is required due to the nature of the work we do here at the Children’s Hospice - to provide long-term continuity for the children and families who use our service.
We have a bereavement policy for volunteers. Please ask for details if you have recently experienced a bereavement of a relative or close friend as this may limit your volunteering role at this time.
Volunteering at the Children’s Hospice is not for everyone. We need reliable volunteers who have a high level of sensitivity and initiative. We look for volunteers who are willing to do the many ‘everyday’ tasks that support the care we provide for the children and their families. It is not the role of volunteers to be involved in nursing intervention such as giving medicine, treating a wound, adjusting equipment, intimate/personal care, giving advice to children or families, moving/handling/lifting children or assisting with these tasks.
If you would like more information on becoming involved, please contact the Volunteer Services Department in the Children's Hospice, by filling out the form below or telephone Volunteer Services on (028) 90 777 635 Monday – Friday 9am-1pm.