Our Play team are shortlisted for a national award!

Our hospice Play & Activities Team have been shortlisted in the acclaimed Children & Young People Now Awards 2017. 

Play Team

The team of six have been shortlisted for The Play Award, recognizing the UK initiative that has done the most to offer children and young people the opportunities to play freely, enjoy childhood and contribute to their social, emotional and physical development. 

The children and young people we care for are all different. Not only do they have different life-limiting or life-threatening medical conditions, but they may also have different means of communication, behavioural issues, development needs, educational requirements, and tastes. 

Additionally, the number of children and young people we care for has increased significantly, and continues to rise. Ensuring the children and young people who visit, as well as their siblings, have a comprehensive, engaging and appropriate range of events and activities to take part in, whether that be a good day, a difficult day or their last days, is where the Play and Activities Team excel. 

The team’s culture of positive risk taking, inclusivity, innovation, imagination and a person-centered approach enables them to empower and enrich the lives of seriously ill and medically complex children and young people on good days, difficult days and last days.

Huw Bromage, Play & Activities Coordinator for Naomi House & Jacksplace, said:

We really are delighted to be recognised in the Children and Young People Now awards. Our Play & Activities Team has been on something of a journey over the last few years, growing in size, scope and ensuring that play was central to a child’s care and development when they are at Naomi House & Jacksplace. People always tell us that we have the best job in the world, and they might be right. But it is vital we perform that job to the very best of our abilities, because that’s what those in our care deserve. It is great that the effort of our team is recognised nationally.

Also shortlisted in The Play Award are Blackpool Early Years Park Ranger Service and Manchester Young Lives’ Stirling Centre Play Project. 

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 22nd November.