South East England
Helen House ---------- Helen House opened in 1982 and was the world’s first children’s hospice. Helen House sprang from a friendship between Sister Frances Dominica and the parents of a seriously ill little girl called Helen, who lived at home with her family but required 24-hour care. On occasions Sister Frances looked after Helen to give her parents a break. Helen’s situation highlighted the need for respite care for children with life-shortening conditions and their families. Douglas House ---------- Douglas House opened in 2004 as the world’s first hospice for young adults aged 16 – 35. With improvements in medical care, children with life-shortening conditions are often living longer than they once might have done. A children’s hospice isn’t always suitable for someone over 16, but neither is an adult hospice. That is why Douglas House was built; to provide a space suited to the specific needs of young people with life shortening conditions and support for their families. Set within the same grounds in Oxford, Helen House and Douglas House offer a high level of care for children, young adults and their families. We have many Internship opportunities for interested candidates, ranging from Business Studies, Marketing through to Furniture restoration.