Young Adults Group

"The support is amazing getting young people out more and showing them there is more to life than we think, interacting with others and engaging in activities"

Young Adults Project member

Working together to develop effective services for young adults living with a life-limiting condition

Supported by the Daisy Foundation 

The Young Adults Group

Moving from children’s services to adult services is not always easy. This service aims to reach young people aged 17-25 living in South East London (Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham) with a life-limiting illness.

Background

During 2013/14 we ran a pilot project to identify and support young adults across South East London who were living with a life-limiting illness and moving from children’s to adult services.  Along with their siblings and friends, we worked together to agree what effective services for Young People might look like.

Young adults told us that they valued the input of the St Christopher’s team in order to bring together key professionals involved in their care.

Young adults also told us that they valued the opportunity to come together at St Christopher’s joined by their siblings, friends and carers.

What’s on offer?

  • Home-based meetings with the St Christopher’s team and key professionals involved in your care
  • Drop-in sessions at St Christopher’s for you, your siblings and friends to be together without your parents

The sessions are held on Saturdays in the Anniversary Centre, which is a relaxed and bright space with a café, at the hospice in Sydenham.

The centre is open from 8am and 9pm, and you are welcome to come along when you wish within this timeframe (nurses will staff the session between 10am and 4pm).

The sessions include:

  • Transport for those who are unable to get to the hospice themselves
  • Arts and other activities
  • Nursing support
  • Lunch (provided free of charge)
  • Discussions to agree other activities, to be arranged over time

“As a member of the young adults group I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has come together to support and make this happen.

“The support is amazing getting young people out more and showing them there is more to life than we think, interacting with others and engaging in activities.

“In fact just the going out and meeting people is really good, who support you and make us feel normal instead of being in the same place every day and being around the same people can get boring.”

Young Adults Project member

How can I be referred?

Any health or social care professional can make a referral by completing the referral form on our website (please mark the form ‘Young Adults’) and faxing it to 020 8776 5798.

Or you can refer yourself by phoning our Young Adults Co-ordinator on 020 8768 4500.

When we have received a referral we will contact you to arrange an initial visit.

Session dates

St Christopher’s Young Adults Group takes place on Saturdays in the Anniversary Centre, St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham. The next dates for 2017 are 3 June & 17 June and 15 July. The group will not run throughout August, before resuming again in September; dates to be confirmed.

The sessions will be discussed with you during your first assessment home visit.

Contact details

Phillipa Sellar, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Young Adults Co-ordinator, 020 8768 4500 (switchboard)

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