Bedside Buddies

What we’re all about

What we're all about

Bedside Buddies aims to make children feel more comfortable in hospital and to alleviate boredom or loneliness. Volunteers visit children in hospital and play games, do arts and crafts, and run a range of other fun activities. If you have a passion for working with and helping children then this society is perfect for you.

Regular Volunteering

Our regular volunteers are assigned a ward and spend 2 hours volunteering each week at a time chosen by them. In this role volunteers introduce themselves to children on the ward and spend time playing games and doing other fun activities. 

Please note: to apply to become a regular volunteer you must have more than one year of study remaining. This is for the benefit of our volunteers as the application process is lengthy so if students are in their final year of study they may only have a couple of months volunteering. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

Events

We also arrange events with the hospital with groups of children, for example Halloween and Christmas themed events. This role is suitable for those students who do not feel they can commit to the weekly volunteering programme or who are in their final year of study. 2-3 volunteers will attend each event. 

Recruitment 

Important: we only have one recruitment cycle per year. This year applications close at midnight on Sunday 14th October 2018

Regular volunteer recruitment: Application form and 2 references plus an interview and DBS check with the hospital 

Please be aware that this application process can take up to 3 months to complete so requires all our prospective volunteers to be committed to the role. 

'One-off' volunteer recruitment: Application form and interview 

Socials

We will be having regular socials where we make activity packs for volunteers to take onto the wards and so that volunteers can meet one another. 

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