The Learning Hub Campaign
Transforming the experience of death, dying and loss through education
We want to build a world class Learning Hub with flexible learning spaces and improved technology
St Christopher’s has 50 years’ experience of supporting people at some of the most difficult and frightening times in their lives, but we don’t have the resources to reach everyone who needs us. We need an innovative solution to make quality end of life care available to all.
Education is the answer. That’s why we are undertaking a 50th Anniversary Campaign to build a new, world-class education centre, known as The Learning Hub at St Christopher’s, so we can share our expertise more widely through education and shape care for the dying around the globe for another 50 years and beyond.
Our vision for education
We are a world leader in education for end of life care – last year over 7,000 people from 35 countries benefited from our training.
We want to increase the number of people we train and pioneer new ways of teaching. However, we are limited by our current education building, which no longer has the space, resources or technology we need to deliver good quality education on site or remotely.
We must build a new Learning Hub so we can offer education and training to everyone involved in care for the dying and bereaved – locally, nationally, and internationally. This will include more health and social care professionals than ever before and new groups such as family members, friends and carers, so that they too can play a part in caring for their loved ones.
The Hub will enable us to address the challenges facing end of life care – including an ageing population living longer with more complex conditions, limited public resources and significant staff shortages in health and social care.
Ultimately, this will mean better care is available to everyone at the end of life and more people can die well in the place of their choosing.
The Learning Hub
The Learning Hub will provide an energising and empowering environment to learn about the challenging issues of death, dying and bereavement. It will contain state-of-the-art facilities including a skills lab for practical skills training, and integrated technology to improve learning and make our education programme accessible across the country and the world.
The 50th Anniversary Campaign
It will cost £6.5 million to realise our vision for the Learning Hub. So far we have raised £3 million, and we are now embarking on a 50th Anniversary Campaign to raise £3.5 million – from individuals, businesses, trusts and foundations and our local community.
Gifts can be spread over a period of up to 5 years, and naming opportunities are available within the Learning Hub. We are also looking for Campaign volunteers who can help us to promote the project.
The building project
We received planning permission for the Learning Hub from Bromley Council in June 2017. Building will begin on site in spring 2018 and is expected to be completed by summer 2019.