what services do we provide?
Little Havens provides short respite breaks, up to one week long, including day stays; emergency stays to control a child’s symptoms caused by their illness or medication; and care for children at the end of their lives - for as long as is needed. Families can also stay with us for up to seven days, post bereavement.
As well as this, we offer family and one-to-one support, post bereavement care, sibling trips and holistic sessions such as play and music therapy.
We provide cooked meals for resident family members who are part of the child’s normal household or for any other adult who is staying overnight in place of the parent(s)/carer(s). Parents/main carers and siblings, who are not resident at the hospice, but belong to the child’s normal household, are welcome to visit during mealtimes and enjoy a meal.
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer meals to extended family/friends/other visitors. This is due to practical restrictions rather than financial ones, and so we cannot provide meals in these circumstances even if a donation is offered.
what facilities are there?
Little Havens has eight children’s bedrooms, including two teenage suites (with en-suites), family accommodation, and a dedicated bereavement suite for a child to stay for up to seven days post bereavement. We also have 2 bathrooms which include state of the art sensory equipment for our patients to use. All of the children’s bedrooms and the bereavement suite have their own private gardens so that beds can be wheeled outside.
There is also a hydrotherapy and spa pool, multi-sensory room, music area, soft and wet play areas, computer room and extensive wheelchair-friendly landscaped gardens. Hoists are fitted throughout the hospice and we are able to provide some specialist equipment such as profiling beds, pressure relieving mattresses, therapeutic chairs and some limited medical equipment. Families are encouraged to bring their own equipment as appropriate.
about the Care Team
We are a multi-disciplinary team of professionals made up of nurses and nursery nurses, qualified carers, a sibling support worker and learning support assistant, a play therapist and family support worker, music therapist, chaplains, a social worker and complementary therapists. This ensures we can look after the individual needs of our children and families. We also have a consultant pediatrician our team of medics as well as 24 hour on-call support from a team of GPs with a special interest in palliative care.
Our team of volunteers also bring a variety of skills, experiences and attributes to enhance the care of children and families.