Today is International Volunteer Day and as part of my 14-Day Kindness Challenge, I could think of no better use for my blog than to help raise awareness for a good cause. Choosing a charity to get involved with was always going to be difficult when there are so many amazing and worthy causes that need support.
I spent some time online searching the endless charities and that’s when I stumbled across Naomi House and Jacksplace.
Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices provide respite, emergency and end of life care to more than 340 life-limited children, young adults and their extended families across the central south of England.
About Naomi House…
The nursing and medical staff provide nursing care that helps to enhance short lives and allows families to make the most of their precious time with their children.
At the newly refurbished Naomi House, there are 12 children’s bedrooms and also a number of family bedrooms. Additionally, the state of the art building includes spaces for art, music therapy, and messy play, a hydrotherapy pool, a multi-sensory room and dedicated spaces for end of life care and post-bereavement support.
Naomi House has an experienced family support team offering emotional, practical and spiritual support for the whole family, during their child’s life and after death.
The charity’s teams help with funeral arrangements and other such practicalities. Specialist bereavement counsellors, sibling support staff and the hospice Chaplain offer support to families for as long as needed.
Many of the children cared for at Naomi House are living longer due to advances in medical technology and care. This is why Naomi House opened Jacksplace, a new hospice for young people aged 16 and up.
Jacksplace has six bedrooms equipped with specialist beds, hoists and state of the art en-suite bathrooms. Therefore, Jacksplace offers the same range of care and support available at Naomi House.
Services include family support, an activity team, end of life care and post bereavement support.
You can find out how Naomi House & Jacksplace makes such a huge difference to families in these videos and articles.
Naomi House needs to raise £7 million each year in order to run and deliver a full service. The charity receives less than 10% of its income from statutory sources. As a result, the majority of income comes from the generous donations of individuals, groups and companies.
It is therefore this dedicated fundraising that allows the hospices to continue to offer their services to families free of charge.
Supporting Naomi House and Jacksplace…
Why not visit the Naomi House website to see how you can support them today?
Whether you choose to donate time, money or join them at a fundraising event, your support really makes a difference.
Events take place throughout the year to raise the necessary funds for Naomi House and Jacksplace. There are plenty of ways you can get involved to support the charity. From fun runs to half marathons, treks to skydives and many more, there is something to suit everyone.
You can even order a Letter from Santa for your little ones to help raise money for the charity.
I am currently in contact with Naomi House and Jacksplace and plan on volunteering my help at their events in 2017. I also plan to become a Volunteer Ambassador and help raise awareness throughout the coming year.
Why not get involved on this International Volunteer Day? Find out about local volunteering opportunities with the Do-it trust.