Jayme has been involved in Project Boost since 2019. Like many, she discovered the charity through Camp Quality and knew right away it was a great fit for her. As the Volunteer Coordinator, she manages recruiting and training new volunteers, organising shifts, and liaising with Wellington Hospital and the Hospital Foundation. On top of that, she ensures volunteers are all well-equipped for their shifts with Project Boost t-shirts, ID tags, and a bunch of fun board games to play with the kids.
Outside of Project Boost Jayme is the Recruitment Advisor for the Capital & Coast District Health Board, looking after all their non-clinical staff. She is also a keen horse rider and loves a good hike with her dogs Milo and Scrufty.
Having had a brother who frequented the Children’s Hospital with chronic asthma in the 60’s and 70’s, Diana realised how isolated and bored kids could get in hospital.
“In those days children weren’t allowed to visit in hospital. We had to wave to him in the window. He looked so small and just wanted to come home”.
When she heard about Project Boost from a colleague it just pushed all the right buttons. “It’s such a change from my day job. There’s always a different dynamic when you turn up, not just with the kids but also with whānau and friends. It’s great that something so simple as playing with kids, helps.”
Diana is a Project Coordinator who helps run training sessions and support Volunteers.