- Supporting Health Care and Aged Care Professionals
- Coastal Caring Clowns Inc is a Not-for-Profit organization
- Visiting Hospitals and Aged Care Facilities since 2001
- All twenty-three members are volunteers with Blue Card status
- Coastal Caring Clowns visits are free of charge
Coastal Caring Clowns Inc is the only organization in Queensland which prepares volunteers to undertake hospital clowning. The clowns are coached in Clown Ethics, Hospital Visit Guidelines and Aged Care Visit Guidelines. The Coastal Caring Clown group prides itself on its teamwork and professionalism which has been cemented in more than twenty years of clown volunteering experience on the Sunshine Coast. Regular meetings, workshops and Lead Clown mentoring are part of the experience for new clowns. There is emphasis placed on the caring aspect of the role.
Since 2001 our members have regularly visited hospitals, nursing homes, respite care centres and have participated in a variety of community events from Caloundra to Noosa and into the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Caring clowning can involve anything from singing a song, giving a hug, or performing some clown-like silliness to move someone into a moment of well-being and caring in a light-hearted and heart-felt way.
We meet monthly to share experiences and learn. We occasionally have a guest speaker.
Coastal Caring Clowns has held workshops to recruit new clown members. Otherwise we receive inquiries from people who have seen us, have heard of us through the media or were told by friends. We assist new clowns to learn the process, practice and ethics of being caring clowns.
Who We Are
Coastal Caring Clowns Incorporated (CCC) is a voluntary group of Sunshine Coast people who follow Patch Adam's philosophy that laughter is the best medicine. The group is based at Buderim, Queensland, Australia.
The objectives and purpose of Coastal Caring Clowns are: "to promote and encourage the arts
of clowning to bring caring, happiness and inspiration to the community, particularly through
visits to hospitals, respite centres, nursing homes and similar, and by partaking in other
CCC was informally established in 2001 by an interested group after a Sunshine Coast resident (Barbara Brewster) had toured with Patch Adams in Russia and the USA in the 1990’s. The group ran several workshops on the Sunshine Coast and was incorporated under the Queensland Associations Incorporation Act 1981 in July 2001.