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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.