Lifelites who provides assistive and inclusive technology packages to 9000 children and young people in hospices with life-limiting, life-threatening illnesses held their annual children’s hospice conference yesterday to talk to their 2016 hospice projects about new packages that may be available to them.
Lifelites aims to link the technology and the equipment to the requirements of the young people at the hospices and the conference initiated that conversation. Lifelites brought together staff from children’s hospices across the British Isles and gave them the opportunity to discuss the impact and difference the Lifelites technology packages make to the children they work with. They also had the chance to view new equipment demonstrations and put in requests for some of the magical technology that they thought would be beneficial for the young people that they care for.
The conference delegates were from a cross section of the children’s hospice services: everyone from IT to care support workers, heads of care, therapists and play specialists were represented. Lifelites says that fundraising permitting; they would like to provide a new technology package for the following children’s hospices in 2016: Alexander Devine, Bluebell Wood, Charlton Farm CHSW, Chestnut Tree House, Claire House, Demelza SE London, The Donna Louise Trust (Treetops), EACH Quidenham, Martin House, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, Oakwell Children’s Respite Centre (Jersey), St Oswald’s, Zoe’s Place Coventry, Zoe’s Place Liverpool, Zoe’s Place Middlesbrough.
Emma Holmes from Donna Louise expressed on twitter: “Fab day at the Lifelites conference, such amazing technology to come and would be so beneficial. Thanks @LifelitesOrg #magicaltechnology”
Sarah Aspinall from Martin House Children’s Hospice also jumped on Twitter: ‘Fab day! A team that really cares, helping our families get the best from all this #magicaltechnology thank you”
Simone Enefer-Doy chief executive of Lifelites, said: “We see this session as the start of the consultation process to help us to be able to provide the most pertinent equipment for the children at each children’s hospice. It’s Important for us to have the input and feedback from staff to assist us with the fundraising we need to do to bring this expensive equipment to their sites and maintain it into the future. As our equipment gets more complex, so does the need to ensure that as many hospice staff as possible are fully aware of it and its uses and applications for the children they work with. That is why we recently took a bold step to employ a dedicated professional trainer who will be able to deliver training on a more regular basis. ”