The children, aged 7 to 11, had a tour around complementary therapy and counselling rooms, met members of staff and volunteers and spent time with day care service patients. The children will be reporting back on their visit to their peers, and plan to start fundraising for the hospice.
The visit continues a relationship between The Peace Hospice and Chater Junior School in Watford. The hospice has been providing bereavement training to the teachers, and helping them build a bereavement policy. The hospice has also been involved in activities within the school to help teach the children about the work of the hospice, and explore grief and loss.
Since starting its schools and colleges project in September 2010, the hospice has reached more than 4,000 young people. The project aims to raise awareness of hospice care with young people in the local community and includes training for teachers and staff around bereavement and loss, whole school presentations, workshops with the whole school or individual year groups and visits to the hospice.
The hospice also runs ‘taster days’ for older students where they spend the day with at the hospice, finding out about its services and meeting team members and patients.