The Maypole Project was established in 2003 to provide a lifeline of for children with complex medical needs and the families of those children. It became a registered charity in 2007 and continues to support many children with life-threatening, life-limiting illnesses and of course, their families, every year.
Between 12 to 17 of every 10,000 children are diagnosed with an illness and/or disability that threatens or shortens life and a diagnosis such as this is life- shattering. 65% of these families will need to seek professional support.
“We felt completely overwhelmed by A’s situation and found ourselves in the medical world of which we had no previous experience. We were daunted, confused and desperate to find a way to best support our little boy.”
Each family is supported by a key worker who is specifically trained and supervised to offer unique emotional support that is ongoing, flexible, responsive, professional and confidential. Support ranges from befriending to counselling or therapy which can be offered to whole families, one to one, couples or groups. The support also extends into provision of information, advice and advocacy.
“They have been a constant source of support through the worst point in our lives.”
Maypole aims to help preserve the mental and physical well-being of children and young people with complex medical needs and to support their families (and others) who are affected by the suffering of the child.
“We have two sons with autism but the younger one had a traumatic rare regressive condition which very little is known about. As a family, we have been through some extremely difficult times, at times not know who and where to turn to for support and understanding.”
As well as supporting families the Maypole Project educates and supports professionals working with such families. They also educate the general public about the emotional support available and how it can be provided to families.
“The Maypole Project is a gem of an organisation giving high quality and much needed support.”
Activity days for the children they support are popular, fun and friendships are often forged during them!
“My daughter really loved it!”
Maypole is a charity and they rely on the generosity of their supporters to enable them to continue the provision of vital support and services to the families of children with complex and life threatening illnesses. If you’d like to help then you can find out how by clicking how by checking out their page on how to donate.
It’s thrilling for Maypole to be a finalist in the Commitment to Community section of the Bromley Business Awards and we’ll be finding out if they’ve won on the 15th October!