Last week, children’s hospice staff from across the British Isles attended our Annual Lifelites Magical Technology Conference.
The conference, which was held in Birmingham, was an opportunity for hospice staff to come together, share best practice and learn how they can make a difference to the lives of the children they care for using technology.
Delegates heard talks from the Lifelites staff about the role that technology can play in creating memories for families, particularly when a child is receiving end of life care. They were shown how to use simple video editing and music making software to create a memory video which the families will be able to treasure forever.
As well as hearing from the Lifelites staff, delegates heard talks from play specialists at Shooting Star Chase, Claire House and Naomi House & Jacksplace. They all spoke about the ways in which they have integrated the Lifelites technology into their work, and the impact it has had on their children. Vikki German, from Shooting Star said: “I’m so passionate about giving children a voice, and the Lifelites equipment helps me to do this. They’re able to control something, and seeing the realisation in their faces is amazing. It makes my job so much easier.”
Delegates also heard from Mark Hildred, a specialist in music technology for people with disabilities. He spoke passionately about how staff at the hospice can help children to express themselves through music, and how the technology that Lifelites provides makes music accessible to children with even severe disabilities. The charity currently provides equipment like Soundbeam and Beamz, a device which uses lasers to trigger musical instruments and sound effects.
Speaking of the event one delegate said: “Fantastic Day. So lucky to have such a great charity that makes such a difference to our hospices! Great to share experiences and knowledge with the equipment too.”
Another said: “I cannot imagine how I would do my job without the Lifelites equipment. I am dead impressed that eight people got this much quality equipment to all the hospices across the UK - gobsmacked! Meeting my enthusiastic counterparts from around the UK was truly inspiring.”
To see some of the presentations from the day, please go to our hospice resources section.