CHILDREN IN HOSPITAL

At the heart of Children in Hospital Ireland’s work is its play service which is now available to children in hospitals throughout Ireland. It is the only charity managing such a voluntary service in Irish hospitals. By providing engaging and supportive play in wards, playrooms, emergency departments and outpatient departments, Children in Hospital Ireland play volunteers nurture curiosity and creativity and provide distraction from the stress of being in hospital.

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CHILDREN NEED SPECIAL CARE IN HOSPITALS

Children are particularly vulnerable, both physically and emotionally. For them, being in hospital can be a source of anxiety and fear, especially if they are unexpectedly separated from their family. Along with having to cope with illness, this difficult experience can affect their normal growth and development.

A stay in hospital for any child is often stressful and can be very frightening. Every day, Children in Hospital Ireland volunteers provide activities and play for children of all ages in 14 paediatric units around the country.

Funds that you raise will be put straight to purchasing much-needed art supplies, games and toys and will help to ensure we have adequate supplies throughout the year for all of the 13 hospitals in which we provide a play service.

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Over 500 volunteers providing play and respite services in 14 paediatric units.

Volunteer Impact

In 2021 we increased our policy and advocacy work through our public call outs and campaigns

Advocacy Impact

Despite all the challenges faced during 2021,  individuals and organisations were keen to support our work.

Fundraising Impact

In 2021 approximately 8,000 isolation play packs or play resources were sent to 21 hospitals with paediatric wards in Ireland.

Play Impact

WE ARE AT THE FOREFRONT

  • Promoting the welfare of sick children by drawing attention to their special needs for emotional security
  • Advocating on behalf of all sick children
  • Supporting and helping parents before, during and after their child’s stay in hospital
  • Highlighting the additional needs of sick children to policy and decision makers
  • Organising hospital play schemes with the help of a group of dedicated volunteers

By browsing through our website, you will learn about all aspects of our work and the services we provide. If you would like more detailed or specific information about any aspect of our work and services, please contact our dedicated team. Children in Hospital Ireland is a registered charity (Charity No. 6632) and is a company limited by guarantee, (Children in Hospital Ireland) registered in Dublin, Ireland. (Company Registration No. 297192)

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