Staff at West Lane Hospital, Middlesbrough, celebrated National Children’s Day recently with a host of activities and information stalls for children and young people on its wards.
The event was held to offer young people the opportunity to try something new and find out about wider opportunities available to them. It included drama and circus workshops, a visit from a local farm bus, as well as information stalls from external providers offering advice about education, careers and wider activities.
Commenting on the event Rebecca Wheatley, specialist occupational therapist, who helped organise the event, said “We want to support our young people on the path to recovery and it’s therefore really important that we empower them to be able to lead a meaningful and purposeful life. By hosting this event we were not only offering them a fun filled day of activities, but also providing them with the means to connect with others and develop a sense of hope for the future, through learning what educational and career opportunities are available.”
Representatives from The Job Centre Plus, Askham Bryan College, The Northern College of Art, Nisai Group and The National Citizenship Service, were all on hand to provide advice and guidance to young people in the hospital.
Rebecca added “It was great to have representatives from various organisations on hand to speak to the young people we care for. They were able to discuss a variety of things with them from educational courses that they can take part in during their stay with us, to further options once they return home.”
The children particularly enjoyed giving improvisation, plate spinning and juggling a go as part of the drama and circus skills workshops, as well as feeding and petting the animals that paid a visit on the farm bus.
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