Supporting young people

How can we help?

  • We’re here to directly support children and young people whose loved ones have a life limiting condition and have been cared for by Willen Hospice.
  • We can also offer advice to parents or professionals who are concerned about a child or young person and how they may be coping.
  • We support families too, by talking to them about the emotions children may be experiencing.

Our service recognises the impact that living with a person with a life limiting condition can have on children and young people. We recognise that grief can occur even before the loss of a loved one, so we provide our service pre and post bereavement. They may need one to one and family support, or we could signpost them to other community resources e.g. Young Carers.

We help young people and children to get their ‘voices’ heard and offer them the opportunity to talk about their feelings, concerns and wishes in a safe environment. After the death of their loved one we help them create special memories that they can treasure later on in their lives. Due to Covid-19 this service is currently very limited but we are developing this to virtual platforms, to respond to the social, emotional, psychological needs of children and young people.

Sometimes, art therapy can be a useful way to help children and young people explore and process their feelings associated with grief, loss and bereavement. Art therapy may be able to support you and your child to better understand and express your emotions, until you feel ready and able to talk about them.

We offer one to one support to children who are facing, or have experienced bereavement. This can be provided at the Hospice, school or at home. We help children to express themselves by creating memory boxes, through craft activities and to help their understanding with specialist books.

Teenagers can often feel isolated when they are grieving or bereaved. Our one-to-one support can help a young person to make sense of the life changes they are experiencing and enables them to develop coping strategies for the future.

Online resources

Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free to use. Please download our additional support and resources below. If you would like to get in touch, please email us at SocialCare@willen-hospice.org.uk or call us on 01908 663636.

In a typical year...
£9
our cost, per minute
11,000
phone calls to patients at home
600
fabulous volunteers
700
patients cared for at home
3,200
home visits
300
patients at the hospice
18,000
of cups of tea
290
counselling sessions
We can only provide the care we do thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, through their continued volunteering, fundraising and donations throughout the year. Your donation will enable us to continue providing care and support to those facing a life-limiting diagnosis, and to support their loved ones.