Virtual open day for young people transitioning from EACH Milton to Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s adult services

We recently held an online open day with Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, for young people and their families who are transitioning from children’s to adult hospice services.

The Virtual Open Day follows a series of three collaborative events, which took place in person during 2019, when young people and their families visited EACH Milton, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in turn, and were introduced to the support still available to them as they reach the age of 18. Watch our video below to find out more:

Kristie Foreman, Young Persons Transition Coordinator for the three hospices – a post funded by the National Lottery Community Fund – partnered with EACH to deliver the Virtual Open Day.

Alongside icebreaker games and opportunities for young people and their family members to get to know Kristie and each other, a video tour of Arthur Rank Hospice introducing the Transition Team was shared:

 

The afternoon also provided an opportunity for discussion about the differences between children’s and adult hospices and a chance to talk about any concerns about perceived gaps in care. Attendees shared their stories, talked about their expectations about adult health and social care and were able to share any problems they may be experiencing.

Kristie said:

“We are hoping to hold further social events, in person, once the restrictions for the pandemic have eased. However, in the meantime our Virtual Open Day was an important opportunity for these young people, their parents, and families to touch base with us and talk to us about anything that might be worrying them. 

The transition from childrens’ to adults’ services can be tricky to navigate at the best of times, and COVID-19 has made everything like this harder still. I’m really looking forward to meeting families in person, but in the meantime, I am available on the telephone, email or video call if they have anything they would like to chat through or ask.” 

A similar virtual open day is planned for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice later this year.

For more information about transition to adult services and future events…

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