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The Royal Children's Hospital Volunteer Service has been in operation since 1961, when the hospital was based in Carlton. At that time all volunteers were women. New volunteers were required to complete a probation period of work in the Sibling Creche, caring for the brothers and sisters of hospital patients.
Today there are more than 400 people who volunteer at the RCH in various roles. Many aspects of the volunteer service have changed over the years, however the tradition of providing support for families and patients continues. See our services page for information on the volunteer roles within the hospital.