Derian House extends support to young adults

Derian House Children’s Hospice has formed a new partnership which will help the young people it cares for transition into adult life.

The Chorley-based children's charity can only support people up to the age of 26, at which point they require adult services. 

By joining forces with LifeNoW, the organisation aims to smooth the transition, helping them enjoy an active social life and receive the support they need to lead a fulfilling life as adults in the outside world.

Lynn Grayson, clinical director at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: "Advancements in technology and medicine mean life expectancy for some people with complex conditions is improving, and we are seeing more and more young adults facing this situation.

"Where they once enjoyed coming to Derian for respite stays, social visits and emotional support, they can find themselves socially cut off and spending more time alone."

The partnership is believed to be the first of its kind in the sector and is based on a shared vision for helping children and young people live their best life now, no matter what difficulties they face.

Advancements in technology and medicine mean life expectancy for some people with complex conditions is improving

LifeNow has funded the special member of staff to work at Derian House for one year, with possibilities of rolling out the programme further.

The newly-appointed LifeNow transition support worker, Shelley Baron, will work with more than 20 young people at Derian House, helping them to build supportive social networks in the outside world and ensuring they have as much support as possible from agencies.

George Thomas, co-founder and trustee at LifeNow, said: “We appreciate that even with the best NHS and local services there can be challenges in the transition from children’s to adult services, and this is what we aim to bridge.

“This is the beginning of a very exciting time and we are really proud that this excellent project has come to fruition. What this new service provides is hope and not just for those young adults immediately involved, but for younger families who will see provision being made for their children in the future.”

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