Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS)
Charity registration no. SCO19724
All profits are donated to hospice care and after marketing costs Local Hospice Lottery will give between 55% and 80% of income from individuals playing to support Children’s Hospices Across Scotland to Children’s Hospices Across Scotland. This is expected to be at least £400,000 over five years.
CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.
Caring for children, young people and their families is at the heart of all that we do. Our vision is that children and young people in Scotland will have access to palliative care when and where they need it.
Supporting the whole family
We offer care for the whole family in our two children’s hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch. At the hospices we share the care of children (including babies) and young people with families so that they can relax and enjoy some precious time together as a family. We also run a homecare service called CHAS at Home helping families in their own homes across Scotland when they need it most. CHAS at Home operates from the two hospices as well as bases in Aberdeen and Inverness.
We are currently supporting over 300 families, as well as a significant number of families who receive bereavement support.
A children’s hospice offers a place where families can relax, recharge their batteries and have fun with their children. We help families make the most of the time they have together, while providing expert care and support.
Rachel House was opened in 1996. Based in Kinross, the hospice is a purpose-built ‘home from home’ providing accommodation for eight families from across Scotland at any one time.
Scotland’s second children’s hospice, Robin House, is based in Balloch and opened in 2005. Like Rachel House, the hospice offers a purpose-built ‘home from home’ with accommodation for eight families from across Scotland at any one time.
CHAS at Home
Our CHAS at Home team care for children and young people in their own homes across Scotland in between hospice visits or when they are too ill to travel. CHAS at Home operates from the two hospices and bases in Aberdeen and Inverness.
Generally the support is short term but it is regularly assessed to ensure it meets the needs of each individual family. For families who live in isolated areas in particular, the service is a lifeline.
The CHAS at Home support includes:
– Nursing care for the affected child.
– Emotional support and practical help.
– Support to brothers and sisters, which can include play and activities.
– Helping children and young people to access activities in their local community.
– Care as the end of the child’s life approaches.
In addition our CHAS at Home teams in Aberdeen and Inverness organise gatherings for families with activities for the whole family to enjoy.
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