A free place to stay

A child’s cancer is often treated in a specialist centre rather than the local hospital. That may be a long way from home, so at a time when families should only have to focus on their child’s treatment, they’re worrying about the logistics and costs of getting to hospital, and where they’re going to stay close to their child.

Our Homes from Home are havens for families when their child is going through cancer treatment. They’re free and close to principal treatment centres, helping families avoid the extra financial burdens of travel, accommodation and food costs. Our Homes from Home also allow young cancer patients to be close to their loved ones, keeping the family together at a difficult time.

We currently have Homes from Home close to hospitals in:

  • Belfast (close to Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and Belfast City Hospital)
  • Bristol (close to Bristol Children’s Hospital)
  • Edinburgh (close to The Royal Hospital for Sick Children)
  • Glasgow (close to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital)
  • London (close to Great Ormond Street and University College Hospital)
  • Nottingham (close to Nottingham University Hospital)
  • Oxford (close to John Radcliffe Hospital)
  • Southampton (close to Southampton General Hospital)

If we don’t have a Home from Home near to a hospital, our social workers will help young cancer patients and their families to arrange somewhere to stay.

Step into a Home from Home

Our homes are large, comfy houses. They have kitchens where families can make a cup of tea or prepare a home-cooked meal, laundry facilities to do washing and ironing, and cozy lounges to hang out together, chatting with other families going through the same thing, or simply watch TV. Some Homes from Home also have dedicated areas for small children and teenagers.

Families have their own bedrooms, including cots for very young children, so guests can choose to mix with other families staying as much or as little as they like. Our social workers can liaise with schools and hospital schools so school-aged children staying at the Home from Home don’t miss out on education.

Who can stay?

Keeping a sense of normal family life is so important, and every family’s situation is different. Parents/carers and siblings are welcome to stay in our homes, and other family members and friends are free to come and visit. If they’re well enough and don’t have to stay in hospital overnight, the child or young person receiving treatment can also stay, as well as their partners or children, if they have them.

We all sat down in front of the TV like we do at home.

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Can this help you?

If you need to stay at one of our Homes from Home, your CLIC Sargent Social Worker will speak to the Home Manager to check whether there’s space. If there is, they’ll arrange everything.