Partners in Wellness consists of 5 subprograms that volunteers can get involved with. Each offers a unique experience to gain new skills and experiences. Click on each program below to learn more.
General volunteering is the heart and soul of our organization and is currently our largest program. Each day of the week a different group of volunteers visits Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and makes rounds through a variety of different floors visiting patients. Our first priority is always patient well-being and our volunteers do their best to provide friendly faces and warm conversations to the patients. Our patients open to us about their lives and interests, and many have expressed how grateful they are to have someone to talk to during what can sometimes be an incredibly isolating experience.
General Volunteering provides the opportunity to be in a clinical environment and gain experience in the hospital years before one might begin a career in medicine. As a healthcare worker, one’s interpersonal skills are extremely important and improving these skills will benefit volunteers for the rest of their life, both personally and professionally. Throughout their time at Cottage, our volunteers are exposed to various career paths within the hospital setting allowing them to see what appeals to them as they embark upon their own path to a career in medicine.
art for wellness
Art for Wellness views art and artistic expression as one way to help and cheer up our patients. Once a week, we bring a cart full of many different kinds of art supplies, from colored pencils to paints, around to patients. By providing patients with art supplies, we provide a way of taking their minds off of things, allow them to creatively express themselves, and hopefully help them to have an overall more positive stay at the hospital.
Peds Reads is a unique sub-program within UCSB’s Partners in Wellness in which volunteers exclusively visit Santa Barbara Cottage’s Children’s Hospital and pediatric ICU. Yielding iPads and positive attitudes, our Peds Reads team works together to improve the hospital stays for pediatric patients of all ages and backgrounds. Our iPads are stocked with classics, such as Oh, the Places You’ll Go, to unique stories, like Goodnight Little Monster, and the collection continues to grow. In addition to reading stories, Peds Reads volunteers can adapt to connect with patients in other ways, either through silly jokes, lively discussion of the Harry Potter series, or simply by playing some card games. And no child is left out: the team is trained to visit patients staying under various isolation protocols.
It is immensely difficult for a family to have a sick child. The purpose of Peds Reads is to help ease the stress of family members as well as brighten a patient’s day. Our volunteers are truly passionate about these children, and dedicate their own time in order to help in any way they can.