Project information

Share and Support

To set up a support system for C&YP challenged with medical conditions, focused on diabetes, celiac/Crohn's disease, asthma. Run groups where we help them feel less alone by providing encouragement, practical management and a safe place to share/offload. Offer advice and information for parents too.

January 2018 - June 2018

Charity information: Hatzola Trust Limited

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  • Need


    C&YP challenged with these conditions are feeling low and alone. They know few or no other C&YP with the same conditions, and feel socially isolated.
    There is also not enough awareness of managing their conditions, with C&YP and parents often feeling unconfident and that their challenges are, in their words, ‘overwhelming’.
    From our work dealing with emergencies we have seen that too much time is spent in hospitals, when emergencies could have been prevented with more awareness and support.


    Project will provide support groups for these C&YP, putting them in touch with others in same condition, enabling them to interact with C&YP who understand them. They will be able to offload and open up in a safe, facilitated environment that will be run in a sensitive, exciting way.
    Sessions will be led by a paramedic so they will get the support, confidence and medical guidance to better manage conditions.
    We will provide support for parents too, through advisory sessions and helpful reading.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support and boost C&YP suffering from diabetes, celiac/Crohn's disease and asthma, Jan-Jun 2018


    » Run 12 bi-monthly support sessions for 6 groups of C&YP; 3 medical conditions in 2 age streams (10-13 and 14-17). 72 sessions over 6 months in all.

    What success will look like

    Success will be C&YP feeling supported, less isolated, & more resilient.
    We will demonstrate this by getting them to answer surveys with targeted questions & tracking changes

    Aim 2

    Advise and support parents of C&YP suffering from diabetes, celiac/Crohn's disease and asthma


    » Run 2 advisory sessions for parents of C&YP with above-mentioned conditions. 6 sessions in all.
    » Send home helpful updates, advice and tips specific to the conditions each month, for 6 months.

    What success will look like

    Success will be confident parents who are able to manage children's conditions calmly & effectively. We will speak with them at sessions & twice during project to assess success.

  • Impact


    Increased support and less social-isolation, with C&YP/parents managing their conditions more optimally.
    In the long term we envision that the project will lead to less emergencies and hospitalizations, which will reduce dangers, fears and pain.
    Since we are the first port of call for emergencies in the area, we will demonstrate this through real-time data from call logs. We will compare statistics for calls of these natures from before the project, and each quarter for a year thereafter.


    Health, safety and security risks.
    We run regular safeguarding training and have a safeguarding C&YP policy which everyone at Hatzola is trained to adhere to.
    We will prepare a risk assessment for the project which all staff/volunteers will be familiar with.
    We have security on premises.
    As an EMT first response org we make ourselves readily available to people and they are comfortable calling us even when in doubt, so there is no real risk of them not getting the emergency help they need.


    We will send an end of project report to donors and get C&YP to feedback in their own words too.
    We will let donors know of any changes to the project if they arise.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,110

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,800 Rental of premises £100 per rental x 72 support sessions for C&YP + 6 advisory sessions for parents
      £7,800 Group Facilitator and Doctor £100 x 72 support sessions with facilitator = £7,200 + £100 x 6 advisory sessions with Dr. = £600.
      £1,440 Refreshments £1 x 20 C&YP per group x 72 sessions
      £720 Health and medical literature Condition-specific reading material send home to parents monthly @ £1 x 120 parents x 6 months
      £1,200 Child friendly medical lit. Age appropriate books on how to manage their specific medical conditions @ £10 x 120 C&YP
      £3,600 Transport Transport for younger groups to/from support sessions @ £50 per journey x 2 journeys x 36 sessions
      £450 Advertising 3 ads @ £150 each
      £2,100 Project co-ordinator £35 per hour x 60 hours, (based on 10 hours of work per month)
  • Background


    Our project will take place in the areas of North London where we operate, mainly the boroughs of Hackney and Haringey.
    Historically these are boroughs of high deprivation with all of Hackney's wards being in the top 10% most deprived nationally.
    Most of the C&YP who are challenged with the specific medical conditions mentioned, cannot afford private counselling or therapy although it has been recommended for them by their health providers, and so cannot access the emotional support they need


    120 C&YP challenged by chronic medical conditions aged 10-17.
    6 groups in all, in two age streams for sufferers of diabetes, celiac/Crohn's disease, and asthma.
    These C&YP desperately need emotional and practical support to deal with their situations, and are hard-pressed to get it due to poor backgrounds. Even more than that they need group support to help them feel less alone and better about themselves.
    Parents of participating C&YP will also benefit from the project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    In North London Hatzola works alongside the stretched London Ambulance Service, fielding and responding to emergencies. We are a strong organisation with 45 EMTs, 4 ambulances and a sound management team with the capacity to organise large operations and take on new projects. We often respond to calls from C&YP challenged with these conditions and our team has heard and seen the need for support directly. We are the first medical port of call in the area since 1981 and families know and trust us

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Simon Blackburn HCPC-Registered Paramedic, IHCD Ambulance Tutor And Holds A Post-Graduate Diploma In Professional Development

    Facilitator of C&YP's support group sessions. Highly skilled in the medical field Simon will help C&YP manage their conditions and facilitate sharing.

    Dr Asher Lewinsohn MBBS, BSc.Hons, MRCS (Eng.), FRCA

    Lead the advisory sessions for parents. Clear, compassionate and competent, Dr Asher will put parents at ease and give them confidence and support.

    Yoel Friedman

    Project co-ordinator. Yoel has experience in overseeing large projects with dedication, passion and a vision for success.