Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust supports vital training

By Chris Hill · December 17, 2019

WellChild training suite

WellChild will be able to reach parents across the country, training them in vital skills to keep their seriously ill children safe thanks to a £350,000 donation from the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust.

The money will be used to help expand WellChild’s Better At Home training programme out across the UK, spreading them through England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The resources provided by WellChild as part of the Better At Home training programme include units to create a safe place for families whose children have long-term and complex needs to learn and practice many of the skills they will need to care for their child at home, from managing their ventilation, to feeding them via a tube. The aim is to ensure that as many families as possible across the UK have access to these training facilities.

WellChild is currently rolling out new training resources across the UK. Units are already up and running at Alder Hey in Liverpool, in Ayrshire and in Coventry with more on the way very soon – giving families key skills for providing essential medical and nursing care to their children in a safe and supportive place which simulates the look and feel of a family home. In addition, the programme also provides mobile resources allowing families to receive training and refresher sessions in their own homes or in GP surgeries or community centres close by.

WellChild Chief Executive Colin Dyer said; “We would like to thank the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust for their extraordinary donation which will help make it possible for WellChild to expand our work in this vital area. The training provided through our Better At Home programme gives parents and carers the skills and the confidence to support their seriously ill children at home.”

"The Trust is delighted to be able to support WellChild’s Better at Home programme. Alongside our funding for medical research, the Trust launched a new grant programme in 2018 to support the development of new care models for people living with severe disabilities. Better At Home is truly innovative and has the potential to deliver transformational, practical support for families caring for children at home."

Richard Benson, the Director of The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust