Do you love Disney? Do you love dressing up? Do you love making others smile? You have come to the right place!
The main aim of Make a Smile Plymouth is to bring the children staying at Derriford Hospital a little magic. We believe that all children deserve a childhood and understand that illness or disability can make this very difficult for some children. Our goal is to help these children to enjoy their childhood. We endeavour to be professional, forward-thinking and well trained, but hold at the forefront of our practice that fun is the number one priority for both children and volunteers. Our student volunteers dress up as beloved childhood characters and visit the children at Derriford Hospital. Whether it be singing to them, reading to them, dancing with them or simply talking to them, our characters can truly brighten up their stay.
In order to send our wonderful characters to Derriford we have to raise money. Throughout the year Make a Smile volunteers do fundraising events both on and off campus. These are fun ways to socialise both with fellow students and the wider Plymouth community. Half of all the money we raise goes directly to the Happy Hospital Fund at Derriford who help support the children's ward, whilst the other half is used by us to ensure we can provide the most realistic Spiderman and Elsa possible!
There are also many non-front-facing roles that volunteers would have the opportunity to take part in, such as arranging fundraisers and advertising, so even if you don't want to dress up as Snow White or Peter Pan, you can still be part of a wonderful project.
We understand this is a difficult time for everyone, but now, more than ever, we believe it is important to spread smiles. This year Make a Smile Plymouth will be doing so virtually. Along with our other chapters at universities across the country, Make a Smile Plymouth will be building a portfolio of online resources so that children can access their favourite characters safely. This portfolio will include book reading videos, musical videos, personalised messages, the opportunity to video call characters, and much, much more!
Please email us if your interested in joining the team!