Therapeutic Play

Families in the soft play room at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People

Our qualified and registered play specialist coordinates a small team to ensure our environment helps play happen at all times and promotes holistic care for our children and young people at the hospice – including social opportunities, new experiences and therapeutic play and activities. Individual assessments are carried out on communication, abilities, development and play/activity needs.

Our sessions are tailored to promote choice and maintain and encourage developmental skills – and we work very hard to make sure that all activities are appropriate to a child’s age, ability and culture. We also assist with capturing treasured memories through facilitating play sessions which could involve the whole family in the hospice, through outreach in the child's home or at one of our family fun days.

We have received funding from Children in Need since 2008 when they awarded us a grant towards the building of our new therapy wing. We are currently midway through a Children in Need grant that funds our specialist play work. This work gives life-limited children and their siblings increased opportunities to have fun and maximises the cognitive and physical skills.