The Noahs Ark Childrens Hospice
Priya Singh, Community Fundraiser of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice was more than pleased to learn that the Hospice will be involved with the N21 Festival as, “It will generate much needed awareness and funds for our organisation that provides support to life-limited and life-threatened children and their families”, she remarked.
Noah's Ark Children's Hospice is a dynamic and innovative children's hospice service, providing practical and emotional support to life-limited and life-threatened children and their families, within the communities of North London.
Below please find recent news and achievements.
1 Noah’s Ark has been granted final planning permission by the London Borough of Barnet for the development of a children’s hospice to serve the children and families living in the communities of North London. The facility will be established on part of an 8-acre nature reserve, located in Byng Road, Barnet. Having a resident building will mean we can offer over night and end of life care to these children who would otherwise have to go into hospital or travel out of their community to their nearest hospice.
2 At the beginning of 2011 we started offering a service to families that would allow their life-limited/life-threatened child to be supported in their own home by a specialist carer. To date, the carer’s team have worked with 19 families delivering sessional care at home, providing much needed respite breaks for parents. The specialist carers also assist families attending the Family Days and help support the crèche that runs during the bimonthly Parents Groups.
3 Last year 42 new families were referred to Noah’s Ark needing support, a further 8 families have been introduced to us already this year. Currently we have 110 families on our active caseload – they live across all the five north London boroughs we seek to serve – Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.
4 Our very first charity shop opened in November last year on Barnet High Street. We have had fantastic support from the public, both with donations of stock and coming in to do their shopping. It has been a great way for Noah’s Ark to raise our profile and increase awareness in the local area as well as raising some much needed funds.
5 At Noah’s Ark, volunteers enable us to provide the service we deliver to the families with whom we work. In 2011 volunteers gave 7,879 hours of support to Noah’s Ark (estimated value £75,000) – which includes ALL volunteer activity plus the support of our pro bono Link Worker.
6 In 2011, Noah’s Ark held a total of 20 Sibling events – 6 groups for 4-10 year olds, 6 groups for 11-18 year olds and 8 outings which are open to all ages. These groups and outings included a cookery day, a trip to the London Sea Life Centre, a DJ workshop and Laser Quest. A total of 50 brothers and sisters of life-limited and life-threatened children that are supported by Noah’s Ark, attended a sibling event with 18 of those attending for the first time in 2011.
For more information - see The Noahs Ark Childrens Hospice website or