CHI Champion of Reading for Summer 2024

May 2024
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Applications are now closed for this role. 

Children’s Books Ireland and the Children's Health Ireland (CHI) Arts in Health Programme are pleased to announce an opportunity for artists to become a Champion of Reading for Children’s Health Ireland in July and August 2024.

Reads and Rhymes Together is a CHI wide initiative in partnership with Children’s Books Ireland, to encourage reading for joy in children and young people.

Our partnership project aims to create communities of readers aged between 0 and 16, and their families across Children’s Health Ireland’s acute hospitals in Crumlin, Tallaght and Temple Street and at our Out Patient Department (OPD) & Urgent Care Centre (UCC) / Emergency Care Units (ECU) at Connolly Hospital and Tallaght Hospital. We know that parent and guardian-led reading in hospital forms important connections in simple but meaningful ways, and together, we want to inspire a culture of reading for joy across the paediatric healthcare setting, encouraging patients and families to spend time together within the pages of a book.

In 2022, Children’s Books Ireland introduced a book-gifting initiative, gifting books to children in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, providing comfort to children and their families at a very difficult time. The following year, the initiative was extended across the hospital, to include the Children’s Heart Centre, the Transitional Care Unit and the Neonatal ward. Books were also provided to Play Departments in CHI at Tallaght, Temple Street and Connolly.

We would now like to further enhance this successful partnership by recruiting a CHI Champion of Reading 2024.

Suitable candidates

We are seeking a mid-career children’s book author or illustrator, resident on the island of Ireland. Applicants must have at least two books for children published by a recognised publisher. Ideally, applicants will live within commutable distance of CHI Crumlin, Dublin 12.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted by clicking the button below. Submissions must be received before 5pm on Friday 7th of June 2024.

About the Role and Initiative

What does the Champion of Reading role involve? 

  • 8 visits to Children’s Health Ireland between July and August 2024.
  • Each visit will be approximately 2 hours in length. Visits may alternate between a gentler artist reading and Q&A to a more audience involved workshop. The style of event may be dictated by the young people in residence. We will work with the artist to be prepared for both styles of event.
  • Age ranges on wards are difficult to predict so it is important that the successful applicant can tailor artist visits to different age groups. CHI Crumlin looks after children and young people from ages 0 to 16. We anticipate that the Champion of Reading will focus on an ages 0 to 10, dependant on current hospital admissions.
  • The fee per visit is €300.00 (vat included).
  • Travel expenses are additional and will be reimbursed.
  • Induction will be provided by CHI Arts in Health Programme.

What is the Reads and Rhymes Together initiative? 

This partnership project aims to instil a culture of reading for joy in Children’s Health Ireland hospitals and OPD & UCC/ECUs, supported with regular book-gifting throughout the year and enhanced with artist visits and workshops, along with artist led visits, all centred on promoting a love of reading for joy. This year we will:

  • Provide patients across CHI with the gift of a book to keep.
  • Create a specially commissioned illustration to capture the spirit of CHI as a community where books and reading are an everyday part of the creative culture here developed with Children’s Books Ireland.
  • Provide artist led visits bringing patients and families together in joyful and creative ways