Children and Young People’s Support
the children and young people’s support team supports children and young people facing life-changing illness or bereavement
Who can use this service? Rennie Grove patients and current or former patients’ family members, aged up to 18
When is this service available? mostly weekdays 9am to 5pm, with some Saturday activities and evening flexibility
Where is the care provided? at home, in school, and at Grove House in St Albans, plus telephone support for parents or guardians
About our Children and Young People’s Support service
Our Children and Young People’s Support service helps children and young people through life-changing illness and bereavement. The team works closely with our nurses and play specialists to provide the right support for each child’s individual circumstances.
The service is open to
- anyone under 18 who is a Rennie Grove patient
- anyone under 18 whose family member is or was a patient with us
We also offer support and guidance for parents, caregivers and teachers so they can support their charges through illness and bereavement too.
Ways we are able to support children and young people include:
- Our children’s support group, which provides friendship and play sessions for children and siblings of current and former patients.
- One-to-one counselling with a registered counsellor to help children and young people talk about their feelings, worries and fears.
- One-to-one emotional support with an experienced children’s support volunteer to help children and young people express and explore their feelings.
- Whole family support with a registered counsellor or experienced support volunteer to help parents and caregivers support children affected by life-limiting illness.
- Guidance for parents, caregivers and teachers on how to support children and young people through illness or bereavement.
Like all Rennie Grove services, our children and young people’s support services are completely free of charge. They’re not means tested and there’s no cost to the patient or their family. We can deliver the services thanks to the generosity of the local community.
Our patients and their families can access our children and young people’s support services at any time during illness or after bereavement.
For patients and families currently under our care, a request can simply be made to any nurse involved in their care.
For former/discharged patients and their families, a request can be made by contacting us as below:
Other topics that might be of interest
Bereavement support for children
supporting the young family members of our former patients as they come to terms with loss
the Supporting Hands service matches volunteers to patients and carers in need of companionship or practical support with everyday tasks
Support for children with life-limiting conditions
a whole-family approach to help families live the best quality life they can