About Teddy Bear Hospital
Teddy Bear Hospital is a student-led volunteering project that works with children aged 3 - 8 in local nurseries and primary schools to enable children to feel more comfortable around healthcare professionals. The children participate in a number of ‘stations’ in small groups which address health education themes such as hand washing, healthy eating and healthy bones and organs. In addition, the children bring in their teddies to visit the Teddy Bear Doctors and the teddies have a health check which includes listening to their heart beat, checking their blood pressure and temperature and giving plasters if necessary. The children love the hospital visits and learn lots.
Feedback from teachers:
"They seemed to enjoy all the activities! It was good for them to be able to use a real stethoscope and listen to their heart"
"I just wanted to say that all the classes you visited had a really lovely time, and were able to talk knowledgeably about your visit. They loved all the activities especially the big teeth, and the skeleton. Thank you so much!"
Teddy Bear Hospital is open to all students who would like to volunteer with children. All volunteers are required to do a training session prior to volunteering and hold a DBS certificate, which can be obtained through YUSU for free.
Sessions are scheduled on Wednesday afternoons, usually between 1 and 3pm.
Sessions can either be 1 hour or 2 hours. Transport is provided by TBH and taxis usually collect the volunteers at HYMS to take the group to the schools.