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Volunteer Hairdresser - Children's Hospital at Westmead

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The Redkite Family Wellbeing Program at the Children’s Hospital Westmead provides practical and emotional support to families on the ward and in the out-patient clinic.

Our small team of hairdressers, massage therapists and beauty therapists offer much needed respite to parents whose child is receiving cancer treatment at the hospital. Some of these parents may not have returned to their family home for many months and are often unable to leave the hospital even for short periods of time.

The Family Wellbeing volunteers offer parents an opportunity to take a short break from the demands of caring for a sick child within a hospital setting. By volunteering your time and skills to this program, you can allow a parent a moment for some personal care and relaxation during a very difficult time. Family Support volunteers are the warm and caring face of Redkite making a tangible difference to families at the Children’s Hospital Westmead.

Duration and Location

We're looking for a volunteer able to regularly commit to one 4 hour session once a month or once a fortnight on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays. This role is located at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Providing parents with high quality hairdressing services
  • Putting parents at ease and helping them feel relaxed
  • Maintaining a calm and safe environment
  • Providing a reliable service through regular commitment

We ask that you bring your own scissors, electrical equipment and consumable goods etc. to the hospital that you may need for you to provide this service to parents; these will be reimbursed.

You will be provided with:

  • A suitable space to provide hairdressing services
  • Refreshments
  • Reimbursement of hospital car parking costs
  • Reimbursement for any beauty product expenses used while volunteering at the hospital
  • Ongoing support from Redkite and the Family Wellbeing Coordinator


To be considered for this volunteer role you must:

  • Be a professional Qualified Hairdresser
  • Demonstrated relevant experience working as a hairdresser

Personal Attributes

To be considered for this volunteer role you must:

  • Be 18 or over
  • Be punctual and reliable
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Have effective listening and verbal communication skills
  • Be calm and empathetic, even in circumstances where others are upset or distressed
  • Have strong professional standards and a clear understanding of why professional boundaries are important in a role such as this
  • Ensuring confidentiality of clients’ personal information
  • A willingness to act in accordance with both Redkite and The Children’s Hospital Westmead’s organisational volunteer policies, procedures, code of conduct and relevant legislative requirements (these will be provided)
  • Have a commitment to acquiring necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies to best support families (appropriate training will be provided by the Family Wellbeing Coordinator)
  • Be vaccinated against Covid-19, with at least three doses

Next Steps

  1. Apply for the role by clicking "Apply"
  2. Meet our Family Wellbeing Coordinator at Westmead Children’s Hospital for an introduction to the role and the oncology department
  3. If you are successful, you will fill out our Redkite and Westmead Children’s Hospital volunteer enrolment forms (volunteer code of conduct, working with children’ check, police check, health check and vaccinations check etc.)
  4. Complete face-to-face and online inductions
  5. Start your volunteering!

Safe Recruitment Practices

Both Redkite and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead are committed to child safety. We follow clear and transparent recruitment practices which include; references, an interview, Working with Children & National Police Checks. At every stage of the recruitment process we undertake thorough screening to ensure that anyone that joins the team aligns with our values and our commitment to child safety.

You can not apply for this role as it is no longer available.