Play volunteers needed in Mayo

Put a smile on a child’s face in Mayo General Hospital

Do you have two hours to spare in the afternoons? Would you like to make hospital a happier place for a child? Children in Hospital Ireland (CHI ) would love to hear from you.

CHI is one of Ireland’s leading children’s charities, providing play and fun for sick children in hospital around the country for almost 50 years.

Their upcoming Information and Interview evening will take place on Wednesday, March 20, at 6pm in Castlebar, Mayo. Successful candidates will then be invited to attend a training session to be held on Saturday, April 6 from 10am to 4pm, also in Castlebar.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer with CHI please RSVP to [email protected] call (01 ) 2903510, or visit Please do not contact the hospital directly.

Hospitalisation can be a very stressful experience for both children and parents. Play helps to alleviate some of that trauma. Simple play activities introduce a reassuring normality to a strange hospital environment. It is a natural part of a child’s life and aids recovery. It also helps the child to build relationships and make new friends and above all, brings fun into the child’s life.

Volunteers must be over 18 years of age, enthusiastic, caring, reliable and have two to three hours per week to spare and be prepared to sign up for a year. All volunteers will undergo Garda vetting/police clearance. A comprehensive training programme will be provided for volunteers, as well as ongoing support.


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