Child Life Volunteer Programs
'The children are happier, attended to more and often less sad... A happy child heals faster.'
- Staff nurse commenting on the impact of Child Life services at Red Cross Children’s Hospital
Connect-123 established the first child life service in Southern Africa’s foremost pediatric hospital – Cape Town’s Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital (RCWMCH). This opportunity allows child life specialists to offer their specialized services to patients, families and caregivers who would otherwise not benefit from their skills. Child Life specialists are able to be part of the unique and recently established Creative Art Therapies and Wellness Program (CATWP) which is a multidisciplinary team made up of an Art Therapist, Music Therapist, Aroma/Massage Therapist, Psychotherapist as well as the Child Life specialists who come through Connect-123.
As a new and developing program, and without a permanent Child Life specialist we are unable to offer volunteering / internship opportunities for child life students at this stage.
Child life has a well-established presence in the burn and oncology wards. However program participants may also be involved in units throughout the hospital as well as in school re-entry, education programs, and community clinic outreaches.
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