This social offer has further developed with the introduction of the friendship group. This is a starting point for younger children who have been referred to Claire House to develop a relationship with the hospice.
- This gives parents and children / young people distinct bespoke offer.
- This offer is more relevant and meets needs of young people.
- It enables consistent relationships to be forged.
- It offers peer support.
- This group provides a safe introduction to Claire House – with Contacts / links to other services if required.
- It is a safe, fun & informal environment.
- It provides an emotional support network, and the opportunity for friendship building, at the point when their lives start to change, and they get used to the progression of their disability.
The social group starts from 14 and the wider Claire House offer is then available, including the therapeutic and community outreach groups.
- Monthly social group based at Claire House Liverpool – 1st Saturday of each month usually 10am-2pm and 3pm-7pm.
- Dedicated adolescent weekends for the young adults to come in together, providing unique activities, social interaction, friendship making, shared experiences, choice and control over activities
- These will be organised and planned by young adults for young adults.
- These weekends will be planned in advanced so all young adults and their families can plan ahead with a calendar of events over the year. Everyone will be able to access at least 2 weekends of respite a year.
- WhatsApp group for communication with CH staff, safe space for chat between young adults.
- This change in offer puts the young adult at the centre of our offer, because as they become older we want to ensure that the services and activities we provide are what the young adults need and want.
Young Adult Therapeutic Support Group
Both Andy and Alex have completed their introduction to counselling skills courses, and Alex’s role as a therapeutic support worker within the counselling team, means we are able to offer this new group. This group is very different from the social group, as the focus will be on exploring any thoughts or feelings the young adult may want to discuss. Sometimes young people don’t wish to talk, but gain benefit from listening to others. Some may just want to offer some supportive advice to their friends, while others might be going through a difficult time and will gain comfort from knowing they’re not alone.
Whilst Alex leads the group, Andy will be in another room with any parents who want to stay to talk. (sessions not as long as social group). This will give parents an opportunity to either speak with Andy about transition, or to speak with other parents potentially going through similar experiences, which we know can be really useful. We choose to do it the evening before the Saturday social group so we can then check in with the young adults the next day in case they had more questions. All group discussions will be led by their thoughts and feelings. We understand that some of the younger members of the group may not be ready for this, but the opportunity to join is still there if they feel they want it. Similarly, if you want to just turn up as a parent for the other session that’s fine too. It will be every other month and always the night before the Saturday social group date. This group is completely optional, it may not be right for some young people, but we feel that it is an offer worth trying, to further support our teenagers and young adults from a holistic well-being perspective.
Community Outreach Group
Some of the teenagers and young adults can find it hard to feel comfortable in a large and sometimes noisy group, especially if new to the group or if they are going through some difficulties of their own. This group will be a session where we all meet at a cinema with own parents/PA’s staying, we will buy the tickets and maybe even some popcorn, you guys just have to turn up. Andy and Alex can then say hello, see if you need us for anything and then all enjoy a good film. Hopefully it will help some of the group who don’t necessarily get as much from the Saturday social sessions and parents can still get a bit of support if needed. This will be offered on a quarterly basis across the year.