Signposts – Useful Information For Families
Medical and support staff will provide as much information as possible to a family regarding the medical condition of their child. Once a diagnosis has been received, other organisations may be able to provide additional useful information to support a child and family. Many of these organisations are Charities.
Useful video: Animated film explains hospital visits for children
North Devon Hospital Link
To find out more about the North Devon Hospital and in particular the Caroline Thorpe Children’s Ward that Care for Kids North Devon is supporting, please look at the Hospital’s website on:
Organisations providing wishes and holidays for Children with Life Limiting Conditions:
Providing Days out at the Beach Hut at Saunton Beach
Family Tickets to Watermouth Castle & Combe Martin Wildlife Park
Days away from the hospital environment for patients, siblings and their families / carers
Short Breaks available on referral from a health care professional
Contact 07900106327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
0121 711 8982 Dream Makers website
0115 979 1720 When you Wish Upon A Star
Rays of Sunshine exists to improve the lives of terminally and serious ill children aged between the ages of 3 and 18 in the United Kingdom. They grant the wishes of terminally and seriously ill children, however impossible that wish may seem. They also purchase equipment such as electronic wheelchairs or specialist keyboards, to make their lives easier.
020 8782 1171 Rays of sunshine
0117 967 8819 Make-a-wish
01493731235 NHF Charity
01582 755999 Happy days charity
01392 823998 Dream-a-way
Dreamflight is a charity whose purpose is to send seriously ill children 8 – 14 years old on their “Holiday of a Lifetime” to the theme parks in central Florida.
01494 722733 Dream flight
020 7262 2881 and ask to speak to the Children’s Services Department. Starlight
0845 300 1348 Caudwell children
01803 327353 THHN
Services and Support for Families
By learning to leave past issues in the past they can acquire a sense of achievement by improving their confidence and establishing assertiveness without aggression, they learn self control and self worth – improving mental and physical well being. Horses have the ability to bring issues to the surface quickly so a recovery or learning programme can be put into place sooner rather than later.
The Natural Approach provides equine facilitated therapy for those suffering with low self esteem, depression & anxiety, abuse, trauma or physical & mental illness ill health. Team building sessions for families and groups of individuals including corporate sessions are available.
By teaching individuals to move forwards with confidence and an open heart, we show both horses and humans that anything is possible and anything can be achieved in life with true belief.
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The British Heart Foundation: The aim of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) is to play a leading role in the fight against heart disease so that it is no longer a major cause of disability and premature death. They work with teenagers with heart conditions in various activities.
Head Office: 020 7554 0000. Devon regional coordinator: 01822 612310 Websites for young people are: yheart (for 11yrs and under) www.yheart.net/meet (for 13-19 years with congenital heart conditions) cbhf (for 11 years and under) yoobot (for 11 years and over)
The centres provide advice, guidance, support, counselling, workshops & holistic therapies for families and individuals who have suffered/ing from abuse, trauma, grief, ill health, physical or mental disability, as well as assistance to those suffering with low self esteem, depression or anxiety, poverty or children with learning and/or behaviour issues.
The Heart centre works with local support groups and organisations to ensure that support is available wherever and whenever it is needed. Our partners include local schools, children’s centres, Splitz, Woman’s Aid, Depression & Anxiety Services (DAS), Devon Integrated children’s services, Devon parent partnerships, Cruse Bereavement Care, The Oak Centre, WAND, Bright FUTURES (Young carers), Project Search, Feardom Fighters, NHS & Social services. As well as being supported by The Big Lunch Extra courtesy of The Eden Project, National Lottery and support by the Halifax.
For further information or to find your nearest centre click here
We assist schools, nurseries and local organisations with education and team building within the beautiful surroundings. Plants and produce are grown and sold to raise income for the project, as well as kitchen workshops on how to produce chutneys and jams in the great outdoors.
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01271 325270 CHSW
Lyn Financial Services: Independent Financial Advisers and Mortgage Brokers in North Devon & Somerset.
This website offers you basic product information for mortgages, life assurance, mortgage protection, critical illness cover, income protection, accident sickness and unemployment cover, investment bonds and annuities.
Bereavement Services including support before an expected death
01392 272406 South Devon 01626 332450 Cruse
Families in Grief (FiG): Families in Grief (FiG) supports children, young people and their families living in North Devon and Torridge who have experienced the death of someone close. There is no charge for these groups and anyone may refer a family, although they suggest that the groups will be most helpful at least 6 months after the bereavement.
01237477238 Families in grief
020 7843 6309 Childhood Bereavement Network
020 8457 9710 jbcs
01752 763666 Jeremiahs journey
020 7436 5881 Sands
0845 603 8570 Brake
0808 808 1677 Hope Again
01392 826065 Balloons devon
0800 282 986 Child Death Helpline
The Foundation for the Study of Infant Death is one of the UK’s leading baby charities working to prevent sudden infant deaths and promote baby health. the Foundation supports families whose baby has dies suddenly and unexpectedly.
080 8802 6868 Lullaby trust
0808 800 3344 Meningitis Research Foundation
Practical Issues after a Child has Died
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The Devon Registration Service enables the public to register births and deaths and give notice of marriage or civil partnership at an office which is convenient to them.
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Some Charities assisting those suffering from a life-threatening condition are listed below with relevant website addresses:
British Heart Foundation:
Children’s Heart Foundation:
Cystic Fibrosis Trust:
Brain Research Trust:
Child Brain Injury Trust: