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Would you like to be a Grandparent?

The Children's Hospital at Westmead is looking for people to become Ward Grandparents to some of their special patients.

Ward Grandparents play an important role at the Hospital; they provide respite to families who need a break from the care of their child. In some cases, Ward Grandparents are the main carer for a child whose parents are unable to be with them due to geography or other family commitments.

The potential qualities of a Ward Grandparent are: a love of children, patience, commitment and good mobility. Ward Grandparents need to be able to work a minimum of three days a week, visiting up to four or five hours a day.

The Children's Hospital at Westmead currently has 11 Ward Grandparents and would like to expand the numbers to meet the growing demand of children needing the attention of a Ward Grandparent.

Piloted 12 years ago when the Hospital was based at Camperdown, the Ward Grandparent program is a very popular service provided at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. Fifteen other hospitals have since started running a similar service.

Once a Ward Grandparent is accepted into the program they are on trial for a three-month period. The Social Work Department provides training and ongoing supervision.

If you are interested in becoming a Ward Grandparent please contact the Community Liaison Officer on (02) 9633 1988, NSW Hospital Ward Grandparent Scheme at the Association for the Welfare of Child Health.

For media enquiries please contact:

Gilly Paxton
Public Relations
Ph: (02) 9845 3568
Page: 9845 0000

This document was released on Thursday, 6 September, 2001

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