Welcome to our Parent & Carer Page         

The following services, support and activities are available to all families who are supported by the hospice.

To book any of the events below... 

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Wednesday 21 February

11am – 12pm, sensory play and activities session are available at the Hospice. If you and your child would like to come please let us know. Siblings are also welcome. 
Wednesday 21 February Buddies - During the February Half Term, the Buddies (siblings) will be visiting Redbridge Drama Centre for a fun day aimed to help build their confidence and learn new skills.
Thursday 22 February

10am – 12pm, Bereaved Parents Support Group. This is a group for bereaved parents taking place in a safe and confidential space for parents to talk with one another about their experiences. The group will be held in the prayer and Reflection Room as it is quiet and contained. Please contact Alicia if you would like to attend.

Thursday 4 April

Family Coffee Morning 1pm – 4pm.  There will be an exciting Easter Egg Hunt, lot’s of Easter Eggs, Hot Cross Buns and arts & Crafts for all the family in the beautiful Haven House grounds.

Tuesday 9 April 

Buddies - Lambourne End Activity Centre. 

Thursday 30 May

Buddies - Lee Valley Education Outdoor Activities. 

Coffee Morning

Our coffee mornings are an opportunity for parents and carers to meet with other families who have similar life experiences and challenges. Come along and chat over a cuppa. This is an informal group and all parents are very welcome. The group have taken part in activities such as, jewellery making, coping with stress talk and complimentary therapies

Dads' Group

Our monthly Dad’s group provides a time and place for Dad’s to share experiences and socialise.  This year’s activities have included Father’s Day brunch, fishing trip, tour of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, tour of Nuffield Wellbeing Centre (with free passes) and vintage car visit.

Under 5's Sing and Play Group

The group takes place 10:30am-12:30pm on the second Tuesday of every month at All Saints Woodford Wells, Inmans Row, Woodford Green, IG8 0NH.

Full details here.

Young Adults Social Group
16-25 years

This group takes place every third Wednesday of the month at:
Saint Francis Hospice Havering-atte-Bower, RM4 1QH.

Find out details here. 

To book day and overnight respite care please complete this form:

Complete the form here and we will get back to your about your booking request

Sibling Support

Individual emotional support is available to the siblings of children and young people who use, or have used, the hospice. A programme of one-to-one sessions can be arranged with help and support tailored to your child's needs.

Buddies (siblings age 6 - 18)
Brothers and sisters of children who access hospice services have an opportunity to get together; have fun and express their feelings.

For more information on our sibling support services read here

Music Therapy

Music therapy is available to children of any age (up to 18) who access Haven House services and their siblings. It is an established health profession which uses the medium of music in a therapeutic relationship with your child. In music therapy we can address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs in 1:1 or group sessions. Music therapy is based on the belief that we can all respond to and appreciate music, despite disability or illness.

Saturday Family Music Therapy Group

Our Saturday Family Music Therapy Group takes place each month, usually on the last Saturday of every month between 11am-12 noon. It is open to all ages, and all family members! Invites are sent out each month by referral only, and places are limited for each session. 

Wriggles and Rhymes
Our music therapy group for pre-school aged children with parents/carers, Wriggles and Rhymes, takes place on Friday mornings from 11am-12noon. Wriggles and Rhymes is followed by Stay and Play (with tea and coffee!) Invites are sent out each week by referral only, and places are limited for each session.



Currently we are offering therapeutic yoga groups inhouse. 

Options available: 

  • Little ones yoga (By referral only and for smaller/younger children and babies)
  • Fortnightly Wednesdays 10:30-11:30 at Haven House
  • Monthly Saturdays 11-12 for those who cannot attend the groups in the week i.e. if your child is at school

Children up to 18 can also be referred for therapeutic yoga on a 1:1 basis and can have a block of 10 free sessions. 

Read more about yoga here


We offer a Counselling service to parents, carers and extended families. Our counsellor provides a safe space for you to talk and explore feelings. This can either be on a one to one basis or if preferred as a couple. Please contact Alicia for further information 

Haven House Children’s Hospice gives the highest priority to safeguarding the children and young people who use our services or visit our premises. If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact our designated Safeguarding Lead Aisling Kilbane on 020 8498 5857

Useful Resources/Organisations

  • Family Fund
    Offer grants to families with disabled children. Once approved you can apply every two years. Applications are mean tested. Check website for terms and conditions. 
  • Wipe Away Those Tears
    A small local charity offering grants and wishes to seriously ill children in the Essex area.
  • Children Today
    This charity gives grants for specialised equipment or children and young people from 0-25. They do not means test but do specify that children must be in receipt of the DLA. 
  • Contact 
    A well established charity that offers support and advise to families with disabled and sick children. They run workshops and campaigns on behalf of families.

Local Family Forums

Do you need help this winter?

We understand the cost of living crisis continues to be a struggle for many across our borough. In the booklet below, you will find information about the support you can get from the Council and our partners.

Find out more