Radio Lollipop is looking for volunteers who can bring music to patient rooms through the volunteer-run radio station at Texas Children’s Hospital Main Campus.
Radio Lollipop is a real, working radio station that broadcasts to all patient rooms from the Kids’ Own Studio located on the 16th floor of West Tower. Children from all across the hospital may phone in song requests, tell jokes and hear their voices on the radio each Terrific Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday and Thrilling Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. These activities give young patients a voice and a choice during their hospital stay.
Patients who are able to leave their rooms can visit the studio. As special ‘guest DJ’s’ these VIP visitors are encouraged to join the program by putting on a pair of headphones, grabbing a microphone and singing along on air. For those children who can’t make it up to the studio, volunteers visit them in their rooms brining crafts and delivering prizes for radio contests patients have won. This is one of the most enjoyable aspects of participating in Radio Lollipop. The kids are simply ecstatic when volunteers show up with our crafts or their prizes. Seeing their smiles can make anyone’s day.
Radio Lollipop began in 1979 at Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children in England. Radio Lollipop soon established itself as a national charity and began what was to become an international expansion. There are currently 23 Radio Lollipop stations around the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and in 1999, Texas Children’s became one of only two in the United States!
As a completely volunteer-run program, Radio Lollipop at Texas Children’s is always looking for adult volunteers who want to add fun to the lives of our patients while making a child’s stay in the hospital better and brighter. Enthusiastic volunteers enjoy playing games, helping kids with craft activities and make a real difference for children whose days are filled with procedures and doctors. No radio experience is necessary. If you have what it takes to be one of the few, the proud, the silly, please apply to be a volunteer!