Participating Project

Project information

Garden House Hospice Care working with schools

We want to support schools in Stevenage & North Hertfordshire to speak openly and confidently about death so children understand the concept from a young age. We also want to give schools the information they need to ensure any bereaved children in their care have the appropriate support in place.

12 months

Charity information: Garden House Hospice Care

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  • Need

    Need

    Dying and death are difficult subjects for most us to talk about, so how do you explain death and dying to a child? How do you support a bereaved child in your care? Up to 70% of schools have a bereaved pupil on their roll at any one time, so we feel it is important that children have a good understanding of death and dying from a young age. We also feel it is vital that teachers have the information they need to support bereaved children.

    Solution

    We will recruit a Schools Coordinator who will:
    •Give teachers the information they need to confidently discuss death with children
    •Provide teachers with information and organise training on how to support a bereaved child
    •Help teachers arrange counselling for any child affected by the loss of a close family member (parent, sibling, grandparent)
    •Organise school visits to Garden House Hospice Care so children can work directly with our patients
    •Further embed the hospice within the community

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To promote a better understanding of death and dying amongst children and young people

    Activities

    » Linking to the curriculum, the Schools Coordinator will provide information and guidance to teachers on how to discuss death and dying
    » Schools Coordinator will tailor information to different key stages
    » Schools Coordinator will identify knowledge gaps and organise relevant training for teachers
    » Schools Coordinator will recruit volunteers to support them with hospice promotion, school visits and administration

    We will monitor the number of schools visited and number of schools visiting the hospice, and collect feedback from teachers.


    Aim 2

    To help ensure bereaved children receive the support they need

    Activities

    » Schools Coordinator will offer teachers and pastoral staff access to training on how to support bereaved children
    » Schools Coordinator will provide information to teachers on how to support bereaved children e.g. local counselling opportunities
    » Raising awareness of the support Garden House Hospice Care offers to parents of bereaved children e.g. ‘Coping Well’ course

    We will collect feedback from teachers and measure the number of teachers contacting us for information and attending training organised through the Schools Coordinator.


    Aim 3

    Bridging the gap between our patients and the local community

    Activities

    » Schools Coordinator to lead school visits to the hospice so children can work directly with our patients e.g. on art or reminiscence projects
    » School visits will reduce isolation amongst patients by providing them with a link to their local community
    » Children will gain an understanding of people living well with life limiting illnesses
    » Children and parents will be aware of support Garden House Hospice provides and will be inspired to support us through volunteering or fundraising

    We will collect feedback from our patients and schools that have visited us to measure impact.


    Aim 4

    Dispelling the myth of hospices being ‘a place to die’

    Activities

    » School visits to hospice will show parents and children hospices are a positive place and that people can live well with a life limiting illness
    » Local community will be aware of the wide range of support we offer through school visits and events
    » Volunteers will act as ambassadors promoting the hospice as a positive place through school visits and school events e.g. summer fayres

    We will collect feedback from teachers on how this project has improved pupil understanding of what a hospice is.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Through our project children and young people within our community will have a better understanding of death and dying from a young age. Bereaved young people will be better supported because their schools will have the information they need to put this support in place. Our patients and the hospice will have better links to the local community. We will demonstrate success by monitoring the number of schools we work with through this project and number of schools visiting the hospice.

    Risk

    Seeing very ill people could be distressing for children. To mitigate this risk we will invite children to visit our Hawthorne Centre which offers day services, meaning the patients they will have contact with are well enough to take part in activities. All school visits will be supervised by our Schools Coordinator to ensure children are not faced with distressing situations.

    Reporting

    We will report on our project through our annual impact report and regular newsletters which donors will receive. We will also send a report to donors at the end of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,893 Schools Coordinator Salary 20 hours term time only incl NI and pension costs
      £2,500 Volunteer costs Volunteer recruitment, training and travel costs
      £2,000 Travel Schools Coordinator travel costs
      £4,100 Marketing and administration Production of leaflets/information packs, displays for events, admin costs e.g. printing
      £2,200 Recruitment and Training Recruitment and training costs for Schools Coordinator
      £3,807 Oncosts Project management & overheads e.g. phone, electricity, computer
      £500 Hospice Visit Costs Activity costs e.g. craft materials/refreshments for schools visiting hospice
      £1,000 Project Evaluation Evaluation time following project completion
  • Background

    Location

    We are a hospice based in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. We support people with life limiting illnesses in Stevenage, North Hertfordshire and the surrounding villages (including the adjoining parts of Bedfordshire). This is a community of approximately 230,000 people. Through this project we will work with schools throughout Stevenage, North Hertfordshire and the surrounding villages.

    Beneficiaries

    Children/young people in Stevenage and North Hertfordshire will benefit from a better understanding of death, dying and hospice care. Teachers in our locality will benefit as they will be better supported to address the issue of death and have the information they need to support bereaved children. Parents of bereaved children will benefit because schools will have the information to refer them for support. Our patients will benefit from regular contact with children from the local community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only hospice providing hospice care to adults with life limiting illnesses in Stevenage, North Hertfordshire and the surrounding villages. We are confident we have the expertise needed to deliver this project to help schools support bereaved children in their care, and to improve understanding of hospice care amongst children. All our services are offered free of charge and we have to raise over £2million in philanthropic funds each year to continue and grow our services.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Schools Coordinator

    This post will lead this project