Shooting Star is using Zoom for online support groups to help children with life limiting conditions, and their families, stay connected amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
A children’s hospice charity has launched a virtual support network for young people and their families.
These replace face-to-face support groups that cannot be run due to social distancing measures.
Also this week a ‘virtual chill and chat’ event via Zoom will take place for families.
In addition, a private Facebook group has been launched for parents so they can “share advice during this challenging time”, according to the charity.
“Our virtual hospice means that we can take our hospice service directly to families. Families can access advice, support and counselling, can interact with other families and can attend some of the groups and activities we normally run at our hospices,” the charity added.
Tough time for hospices
The move has been taken as many hospices face an uncertain future due to a drop in income amid the pandemic.
Shooting Star has had to close one of its hospices and is only providing end of life care and emergency respite at its Guildford based hospice, Christopher’s.
“Our family groups are always so well received and attended. They provide an outlet for supported children, parents, siblings and grandparents and enable them to spend time with others in similar circumstances, socialising in a safe environment,” said Anne Bridgman, Head of Care at Christopher’s.
“The current crisis means that families who are already very vulnerable could be feeling even more isolated, so we hope by hosting these groups online, and setting up a closed Facebook group, it will give the families we support the opportunity to socialise with one another, discuss any anxieties and also have some fun.”