The Willow Wood Schools Project welcomes small groups of pupils from Primary and Secondary schools to visit the Hospice, and engage in activities with our Day Hospice Patients.
The project aims to help raise awareness of death in a healthy, non-threatening way. The Schools project is run over four weeks:
Pupils are introduced to the Hospice environment, and are given an opportunity to meet with Hospice patients and staff to discuss how the project will be planned and implemented.
Week 2 & 3
Pupils spend time with the patients, interacting, sharing stories and learning about the patient’s life experiences.
When pupils visit on week four, they give a presentation of their Hospice experience, in the form of music, dance, drama, arts and crafts, to patients. The pupil’s families, and school staff, are also welcome to come and watch the presentation.
Not only does this project greatly benefit the patients, here at Willow Wood, there are many benefits for the pupils. The pupils share their experiences demonstrating what they have learned, and how their beliefs have changed during their visits enabling a more balanced view of death, dying and bereavement. As well as this, pupils gain a better understanding of palliative care and the support our Patients receive.