Hospice opens space for children and young people

Categories: People & Places.

Woodlands Hospice in Liverpool has opened a dedicated space for children and young people.

The Children and Young People’s Pavilion aims to be a comforting, creative environment in which children and young people who are bereaved or have a family member who is being cared for by the hospice team can have opportunities to relax, talk and express themselves.

It was built and designed with input from the Children and Young Persons Support Group at the hospice.

The group ran a competition to find a name that would encapsulate the use and purpose of the Pavilion with the winning entry of ‘Our Space’ being announced at the opening.

Many of the children, young people and their families attended the opening together with some of the funders, architects, contractors and others from the community who have helped this project become a reality.

Rose Milnes, Chief Executive at Woodlands Hospice said:

“This Pavilion project has captured the hearts of our community, encouraging additional fundraising internally and externally, free design from CLA Architects, and significant time given freely from the Building Contractors Crossfield Construction and their subcontractors.

“Grant funding from a variety of sources brought the total to £45,000, which was an amazing achievement and enabled the hospice to expand on its initial thoughts as to what the facility may look like.  The hospice is very appreciative of the support shown by The Screwfix Foundation, Morrisons Foundation, Cobalt Community Trust, UKH Foundation, One Vision Housing for their grant monies and to others who do not wish to be publicised.

“Our Family Support Team will ensure this dedicated area meets with the children and young people’s needs. Children and young people have the right to be heard and to be assured that their views, fears, concerns, hopes and aspirations matter and are at the heart of the care and support the hospice provides.

“This will include a range of therapeutic support including psychosocial and pastoral support, young carer and sibling support, pre and post bereavement, creative and group therapy, counselling and reflective services”.

For more information visit Woodlands Hospice