Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice is a community-based hospice service providing support for babies, children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families in the North and Central London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington, and Hertsmere.
The children we work with have a range of conditions and often have very complex needs. Our services aim to help the children, their siblings and parents make the most of the time they have together, and we continue to support the families after bereavement.
We have built a unique model of care over the years. Working with over 516 parents and carers, we have acquired a deep understanding of families’ needs. We understand the need for holistic care, addressing emotional, clinical, social and practical needs, and we tailor our approach to the needs of our families.
We have built a pioneering volunteer programme. In 2008, Noah’s Ark was the first children’s hospice to establish a community volunteering project after identifying that families needed support to spend time with their ill child. Our volunteers make a real impact at home, at events and across the charity.
In our early days, we were founded as a Hospice-at-Home service. We had identified an immediate need and recognised families’ preference for hospice services at home. This worked for our families and it is still working for them today but we are now looking to the future. While we will always provide hospice services at home, we are now also committed to offering end-of-life care in a hospice setting. In January 2015, we laid the foundations to our E-Centre, which will form part of the hospice site.