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Ward Grandparents Program

  • The Ward Grandparent Program exists to help maintain and enhance the psychological health and well being of a child or infant, in partnership with parents/carers who welcome additional support for their child during periods of hospitalisation.

    A Ward Grandparent Volunteer is a specially trained volunteer who spends quality time 1:1 with a hospitalised child.   

    A patient referral to the Ward Grandparent program is made through the Social Work Department, after consultation with the parent/carer of the hospitalised child.

    Some of the reasons why a Ward Grandparent Volunteer may be requested include:

    • Limited extended family support or no family
    • Financial constraints that demand fulltime  employment of parents
    • Sole parent family & child care demands
    • Geographical constraints
    • Parent/carer exhaustion and/or illness

    Ward Grandparent Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 3 engagements per week (of approximately 3 hours each) Monday to Friday (no weekends), and the contact times are negotiated with the parents/carer and the medical team.

    It is suggested that you contact the office to discuss your suitability to the Ward Grandparent Program prior to applying - please call 03 9345 5879 and ask for Vanessa.

    Once you are ready to apply please click here.