Volunteers Pete Honey, Patricia Emr, Val Murray and Kelly Fitzgerald help parents by entertaining sick children at the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital.
Volunteers Pete Honey, Patricia Emr, Val Murray and Kelly Fitzgerald help parents by entertaining sick children at the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital. Rob Wright

Playscheme a break for parents

THE Red Cross is offering adults the chance to pretend they are children again.

Local branch president Anne Moon is looking for volunteers for ‘Playscheme’.

“It’s about playing with sick children and relieving their parents in the children’s ward,” Mrs Moon said.

Playscheme operates at the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital’s children’s ward five days a week from 9.30am until 11.30am.

The program is designed to build a bridge between home life and being in hospital by playing and learning with volunteers. The volunteers are also on hand to offer

parents a moment to step away and have a shower or grab a coffee.

“They are always very grateful to have a little bit of time out,” Mrs Moon said.

“Parents also like to talk to the volunteers.”

To offer some of your time, contact Mrs Moon on 6651 2922.



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