Welcome to Bear Cottage

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Bear Cottage Children's Hospice in Manly, NSW. the different types of roles we have available are listed below - you can read these and decide if you would like to apply for a specific role or all of them! If you would like to be considered for a volunteer position, please click on the volunteer application form on the right hand side of this page and follow the log in steps. If you have a current Better Impact account, please use your existing username and password. Alternatively, if you are new to Better Impact please create a new account. I look forward to hearing from you!

PLEASE NOTE: Bear Cottage follows all current NSW Health guidelines to ensure we provide the safest environment for Children, Families, staff and volunteers. All volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before 30th November 2021. There may be a delay in current recruitment due to the current community conditions.



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Volunteer Roles

Housekeeping Volunteer



Come and join our Housekeeping team! Help make children's rooms and play spaces warm and welcoming. For more information please click on the Duty Statement below.

Housekeeping Duty Statement

Kitchen Volunteer

Come and join our Kitchen team! Meal times at Beat Cottage are a special way of connecting with children and families at Bear Cottage. In this role you get to help our Chefs prepare food and assist with meal service. For more information please click on the Duty Statement below.

Kitchen Duty Statement

Reception Volunteer

Come and join our Reception team! Our families and visitors are always welcomed and checked in by our Bear Cottage volunteers. If a friendly greeting and admin skills are your forte, please click on the Duty Statement below for more information.

Reception Duty Statement

Music Therapy Volunteer

Music Therapy volunteering

Come join our Music Therapy team! Create music and joy with children and adults alike with the guidance of our music therapist at Bear Cottage. For more information please click on the Duty Statement below.

Music Therapy Duty Statement


Play Therapy Volunteer

Play therapy volunteering

Join our Play Therapy Team! Get playful and discover your inner child as you learn to engage and connect with children and families at Bear Cottage. For more information click on the Duty Statement below.

Play Therapy Duty Statement

Art Therapy Volunteer

Come join our Art Therapy Team! Support our Art Therapist in memory making with children and families. For more information please click on the Duty Statement below. 

Art Therapy Duty Statement


Therapy Dog Walking Volunteer


Come and walk Beau our amazing Therapy Dog - for more information please click on the Duty Statement below.

Therapy Dog Duty Statement

Garden Volunteer



Come and be a Garden Volunteer! We have beautiful grounds at Bear Cottage for families and children to relax in and enjoy but they always need some TLC. For more information, please click on the Duty Statement below.

Garden Duty Statement


Home Crisis Support Program Volunteer

Provide in home support to Bear Cottage families who are experiencing a period of crisis.  Working alongside another trained volunteer to provide emotional, social and practical support to families. Please note: Additional training is required to fulfil this role

Hairdressing Volunteer

Come and join our Hairdressing team! We always need volunteer hairdressers to offer morning appointments to our families, carers and children. Please apply if this is something you are interested in on a weekly / fortnightly or monthly basis.

Transport Volunteer

An adhoc but valuable volunteering role driving families and their children to and from Bear Cottage for their stay.  This could involve picking up from their home within the Sydney metro area or any of the Sydney Children's Hospitals. you would use one of our two vehicles: either in a 11 seater bus or in a mini SUV.

About Bear Cottage

Bear Cottage is the only children’s hospice in NSW - a very special place that is dedicated to caring for children with life-limiting conditions for respite and end of life care. At Bear Cottage, we believe that life, however brief, should be enriched, enjoyed and celebrated.

As part of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Bear Cottage provides excellence in paediatric palliative and psychosocial care, delivered by an expert interdisciplinary team. As a respite facility, Bear Cottage is a home away from home, with staff and volunteers on hand to take care of the cooking and cleaning, allowing families to forget about the stresses of everyday life and to be able to spend quality time together.


Families do not pay to stay at Bear Cottage and we rely on  support from the community to keep our doors open.


Bear Cottage is a home full of special moments and cherished memories. A place where life is for living!


For more information visit: bearcottage.org.au