Wednesday, 22 May 2024
Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Pioneering new centre to help young people cope with grief

BEREAVED children from across the district will receive dedicated care and support at a pioneering new centre.

The state-of-the-art sustainable facility, at St Gemma’s Hospice, Moortown, Leeds, will provide a dedicated space for the hundreds of youngsters supported by the hospice’s bereavement team each year.

It’ll offer a unique, relaxing environment for young people faced with the loss or serious illness of close family members.

The Cabin’s environmental credentials endorse the hospice’s overall commitment to sustainability.

It’s built from low-carbon, highly-insulated structural panels – constructed offsite and then erected within the hospice grounds to reduce carbon footprint and the time required for construction.

To minimise energy consumption, the building has high levels of thermal insulation and will be fully electric. An efficient air source heat pump will be used to heat it through electric underfloor heating.

The Cabin is built on a north-south axis to allow the solar panel on the roof to capture as much sunlight as possible to generate electricity for the building. This solar power will provide a significant amount of the building’s annual energy requirements.

Nic Colgan from St Gemma’s Young People’s Service commented:

“The environment where we see children really impacts how relaxed, engaged, and open they can be.

“We’ve never had a child-friendly space we can use year-round. This dedicated building will include a big area for group activities and play therapy like messy art and sand play; a kitchen for cooking sessions; and racks to display the children’s paintings. There’ll also be a smaller, quiet room too for counselling.

“It’ll be perfect for our ‘memory days’ when the children make something that reminds them of their loved one who died and talks about their grief.”

The St Gemma’s Young People’s Service supports children and young people when someone in their family is seriously ill or has died.

The team arranges various activities for children of all ages, to help them cope with their feelings and worries. It also extends to children across Leeds whose loved one is receiving or has received, palliative care.

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