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Ways to Give

Events and Entertainment

Entertainment for hospitalized children is of paramount benefit for SickKids patients and their families. Working together, the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Child and Family Centred Care and the Child Life Department strive to provide these unique opportunities to our patients and families. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to you for volunteering to help make the time in hospital a more positive experience for all.

Event Volunteering at SickKids

At any given time, approximately 1,500 volunteers are fulfilling valuable roles at SickKids. We count on our volunteers to meet the needs of our patients, families and staff. This could include spending time with the patients at events or providing administrative support in preparation of events. If you are looking to spend time and interact with patients on an ongoing basis please visit our Volunteer Resources Website for a wide variety of volunteer programs and positions to suit your interest and your schedule.

Please read the following guidelines to ensure that your proposed event meets hospital policy:

  • All visiting entertainers will be screened and approved in advance by our SickKids Events and Entertainment Committee.
  • Please make sure that you have contacted us at least 4 weeks prior to your proposed date at donations.coordinator@sickkids.ca
  • The Donations Coordinator, upon receiving your event request, will provide you with an Event Screening Criteria Form to fill out and return.
  • Please note we already do offer a number of activities daily to our patients and families, so event proposals that will have higher rates of success are those that compliment programming already being offered here at SickKids.
  • In accordance with our infection control and confidentiality principles, all visiting entertainers must be over 18 years of age to participate in a patient event.
  • We have strict rules around the confidentiality and privacy of our children. Photographs and videotaping of patients, families and the hospital are NOT permitted unless approved prior to the event.  Any photography or videography that has been approved will be done in the presence of a representative of the Public Affairs Department.
  • Media access to hospital events is not guaranteed and will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Our facility cares for patients from various ethnic, cultural and faith backgrounds. Event content must be politically and religiously neutral to be respectful and inclusive of all our patients and families.
  • As entertaining visitors, please remember that violent and threatening themes and objects can be particularly stressful for hospitalized children. We therefore request that your event not include items such as fire, weapons, scary costumes, and themes such as death, violence or illness.
  • Please note that latex balloons and live animals are not permitted in the hospital due to safety and allergy concerns.
  • Certain spaces within the hospital have capacity constraints and so events cannot accommodate more than five volunteers due to space constraints and in some cases, spaces can only accommodate two volunteers.

Due to our staffing and volunteer resource capacity, the times when we can best accommodate your special event are:
Monday to Friday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m
*Some exceptions may be approved by the Events and Entertainment Committee.

For more information, please contact the Donations Coordinator at 416-813-8787 or donations.coordinator@sickkids.ca