Hospice invites faith groups to open day We are opening our doors to local faith groups to encourage them to learn more about the care we provide to seriously ill children. There will be an opportunity to have a look around the hospice in Woodford Green on Tuesday 11 June and to meet with staff to hear how the hospice makes a difference to those living with a life-limiting illness and how the support provided to their families and carers provides a lifeline at a difficult time. The hospice, which cares for more than 350 children a year, is keen to learn from guests about the role faith communities can play in supporting end-of-life care in Essex and the surrounding boroughs and how its services can be strengthened for all communities. Amy Bramble, Haven House’s Community Engagement Executive, said: “The principle of inclusivity remains essential for hospices. Haven House serves North and North East London, West Essex and East Hertfordshire, a vast diverse area encompassing many large religious communities.“Haven House champions a multi-faith approach at all levels. A variety of religious festivals are celebrated within the hospice and care is tailored to meet the spiritual, cultural and religious needs of individual families. We have made commendable progress in strengthening links with faith groups but we know there is more we can do.” Haven House provides round the clock care at the hospice and through outreach services in the home and local community. Services include; day care, over-night stays, end of life care, bereavement support, as well as life enriching activities such as sensory play, music therapy and physiotherapy. The hospice is also there to support children and families who have received a devastating diagnosis to transition from hospital to home as well as ensuring children are kept comfortable when their complex health needs change. Amy added: “Historically, some families have not tended to use hospices, for a variety of reasons, including cultural differences, language barriers and a lack of understanding of hospice care. The aim of our open afternoon is to encourage conversations and partnership working. We are especially interested in enhancing the impact of hospice care, in terms of reach and engagement with faith groups, and exploring gaps in communication and access. “We know there is an increasing demand for hospice services and we want to ensure we are there to support all children and families who need us.” If you would like to reserve your place contact Amy by emailing [email protected] or by calling 07557 036054.