Face 2 Face at Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool

With effect from April this year Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool agreed to pilot our Face 2 Face parent befriending service from within the Hospital Trust. Fantastic news and ground-breaking too as we are the first Face 2 Face service for parents of disabled children developed within a hospital setting.

The University of Central Lancashire is evaluating the service to measure the impact of parent-to-parent emotional support and this will provide robust evidence and hopefully help to sustain the project.

Currently there are seven trained parent volunteers and all are parents of disabled children who are accessing the trust. Every parent has successfully completed the training course and together with their lived experience of having a disabled child, is ready to offer free and confidential emotional support to parents whose child has additional or complex needs and is attending Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

If you are a parent/carer of a child with additional or complex needs and are accessing Alder Hey, whether that be as an in patient or outpatient and would like the opportunity to meet  a trained parent volunteer befriender or would like more information about the service you can call Vicky Harris on 07843 467588 or via email at vicky.harris@scope.org.uk

If you are a parent who would like to take part in our next training course due to start at the end of February 2013 we would love to hear from you too.

Keep Us Close campaign update

After almost a month, our Keep Us Close families campaign is continuing to go from strength to strength. Scope supporters have been busy emailing their MPs, calling on them to ensure that disabled children and their families have better local support.

Hundreds of emails have been sent, adding to the thousands of campaign postcards and petitions that have been sent from our shops in England and Wales. Our customers have been so keen to support the campaign that many shops ran out of campaign postcards!

Six MPs have visited their local Scope shops to collect the postcards and hear about the importance of the campaign. The Labour Shadow Minister for Children and Families has supported Keep Us Close, as well as other organisations, including Save the Children and the Family and Parenting Institute.

Online, our new Keep Us Close animation is still very popular, and the campaign has been a hot topic on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

The campaigns team is busy planning the next stage of the campaign, so look out for how you can get involved next month.

In the meantime, please don’t forget to email your MP, and tell all your friends about this essential campaign for disabled children and their families.