Children’s charity awarded National Lottery funding
A children’s hospice charity, which covers South Gloucestershire, has received £10,000 of funding from The Big Lottery Fund, with money raised by National Lottery players.
Jessie May, which provides nursing care at home for terminally ill children and young people, has been awarded the grant for their ‘Let’s Talk Transition’ programme of work.
The programme is dedicated to supporting life-limited children who outlive their initial prognosis and need help in the transition period from Jessie May to adult services, across South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset, North East Somerset, Wiltshire and Bath.
The funding will enable ‘Let’s Talk Transition’ to bring young people together for a number of events where they can connect with each other, share stories, and be part of a supportive community. The programme will also run a number of graduation days to mark the phenomenal achievement of young people transitioning from Jessie May’s care.
The grant will also help pay for training on a range of issues around how to support young adults, as well as a number of support visits for families whose children are about to transition to adult care services. These visits could include arranging an introductory visit to day care centres, help with filling out forms, financial advice and signposting to other agencies.
Jessie May CEO Chris Roys said: “Thanks to advances in medical technology, more life-limited children are outliving their initial prognosis and transitioning to adulthood. Jessie May has seen a marked increase in the number of young people reaching 19, the age of transition, with six young people due to graduate from Jessie May in 2018 and 31 young people on our caseload aged 14-19 who could graduate in the next five years.
James Harcourt, England Grant-Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “We’re proud to be funding Jessie May’s work as they continue to support young people to fulfil their potential.”