Our play activities are fun, creative and tailored to meet the needs of your child. 

From sensory stories to messy play, when staying with us your child could play with scarlet coloured spaghetti, jade green jelly, fuchsia coloured foam or strawberry scented rice.

Our activities are multi-faith, age appropriate and related to your child's emotional and developmental needs. 

In our arts and craft room at the hospice our play co-ordinators and healthcare support workers will spend time with your child to create artwork by blending colour and materials as well as helping them to explore texture with their hands and feet through mixtures of smooth, stretchy and stimulating resources. Play also gives your child the opportunity to create art to take home. 

We also explore the world through sensory stories and activities in our specially-adapted sensory room.

A trip to the seaside includes exploring the texture of shells and seaweed, catching fish with a net and looking out for seagulls.

If sea and sand doesn’t appeal then we might visit the fairground instead. We create lots of great days out without leaving the comfort of the hospice. 

Thanks to a grant from Lifelites we also have specialist computers and iPads which feature Eyegaze technology. This equipment makes using a computer accessible for your child. Through a sensor, the screen can track eye movements enabling your child to move the cursor around the screen to touch objects or create sound or artwork.

This equipment particularly supports children with limited verbal communication or mobility and can help them to ‘speak’ for the first time.


To discuss a referral to Haven House services please contact:

Abi Warren
Clinical Nurse Manager

Debbie Dawes
Clinical Nurse Manager

020 8506 5513 (Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm)
07872 198285 (out-of-hours mobile)

For more information about our referral criteria please visit our Refer a Child section