McMaster Children's Hospital Arts and Crafts Program

Since its foundation in 1988, McMaster Children's Hospital has served the unique healthcare needs of children using a family-oriented model of care. Its focus on evidence-based care, collaborative research, and innovative education has made the hospital one of the top pediatric health science centres in Canada. Each year, McMaster Children's Hospital serves over 210,000 patients from the greater Hamilton area and beyond.

For over a decade, Smiling Over Sickness has been collaborating with McMaster Children's Hospital to run our weekly arts and crafts program, which provides fun and interactive activities for patients and their families. Our passionate volunteers and their creative craft ideas bring great joy to patients during their hospital stay.

The arts and crafts volunteering program is comprised of 4 regular volunteers and 2 group leaders with the following responsibilities.

Responsibilities of Regular Volunteers

  • Attend online arts and craft sessions every other week with patients from McMaster Children’s hospital. Each session will be approximately 1 hour long.

  • Pick up necessary craft supplies from a local store 

  • Attend 1-hour volunteer meetings online every other week. During these meetings volunteers will:

  • Plan crafts and activities

  • Record tutorial videos of the activities for patients unable to attend

  • Help plan 2 fundraising initiatives supporting McMaster Children’s Hospital

Responsibilities of Group Leaders

On top of the responsibilities of regular volunteers, group leaders have the following additional roles:

  • Coordinate your volunteers and lead each art and crafts session.

  • Submit craft ideas and list of materials to Volunteer Coordinator 

  • Plan one special event each semester for the patients

  • Help facilitate communication between other volunteers and the volunteer coordinator throughout the year.