We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new Breathing Spaces Fund to improve parent/carer rooms in UK hospitals. The Fund has been developed in response to parents’ requests for better facilities in hospitals as they ‘make families’ experiences in hospital more bearable, help parents develop friendships, share their experiences and give them the space they deserve’.
Parents and carers play a vital role in their child’s care, a role which can often be overlooked. We hope that renovated parent/carer rooms will go some way to improving the support hospitals are able to offer parents and help create the ‘home from home’ environment they have told us they need.
The Fund has been informed by consultations with parents, clinicians and hospital charities. We are particularly grateful to all the hospitals and charities who have hosted our research visits and to Lisa Spinks, our parent advisor, whose advice and commitment to Breathing Spaces has been invaluable.
Breathing Spaces is now open for applications and will close in March 2020. Further information, including comprehensive Guidelines and the Application Form can be found at http://www.truecolourstrust.org.uk/children-and-young-people-uk/breathing-spaces-fund-for-parent-carer-rooms-in-hospitals.