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Children's Hospice Week - What Support do we Offer?

Boy in a wheelchair playing with a football at the park

Children’s Hospice Week, running from 19-25 June, offers us an opportunity to highlight how Hospice in the Weald for Children, launched six months ago, is making a genuine difference to local children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families.

The Hospice is known for providing outstanding care for terminally ill adults and their loved ones in west Kent and east Sussex for more than 40 years, and this January we extended our offering to include care for children and young people. Now, more than 40 children, parents and siblings are receiving support from our specialist team, including home visits and emotional support from a family therapist.

Hospice in the Weald’s team of registered children’s nurses, children’s support workers and volunteers deliver care all day, every day, Monday to Friday. They are specially trained and competent to deliver high-quality care that will make a real difference, no matter the needs of the child or family member. From fun and activities to family and bereavement support, our expert team is here to help.

This article shines a light on Hospice in the Weald for Children, with a focus on our key areas of focus and support. Caring for a child with complex health needs can be both physically and emotionally challenging, and the high-quality, family-led care we deliver meets the specific needs of every child, supporting them to reach their full potential.

Jane, Head of Counselling & Support with a client

Support for the family

Living with a poorly child can be tough. Their needs can sometimes be challenging for the whole family, meaning that siblings and parents become carers, first-off, and don’t take time to look after themselves. Family life is precious, and we want to make sure that the strain is off so you can enjoy it.

Young children hugging whilst playing

Activities, fun and play

Children are children first and foremost, and at Hospice in the Weald, we want to ensure we are providing opportunities to have fun. We learn and develop when we’re having fun; play can make things feel better and work as a distraction from what is going on. Providing fun activities in the home and outdoors are ways that we can support children and their families. In the future, we also have exciting plans for a dedicated Children’s Centre.

Lisa, a Hospice in the Weald Counsellor with a client

Bereavement support

We are here to support you and your loved ones through difficult times, and can offer support after a child’s death in different ways. As prepared as you might be for this situation, it can affect people in different ways; ways you wouldn’t expect it to. Our counselling is free and is accessible to all families that have a child registered with our Hospice or has a connection with any other local Hospice. Our therapeutic support for children and families has greater flexibility than individual counselling.

female child in wheelchair and adult female outside

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