Connecting Care – Half Moon Theatre and Richard House

Published: October 5, 2015

Connecting Care – Half Moon Theatre and Richard House

This week is Hospice Care Week, with the theme of ‘connecting care’. It is only through connecting with individuals, families, our local communities and other organisations that Richard House is able to offer such a varied care and services to families. One example of this is our relationship with Half Moon Theatre…

Half Moon Theatre is specialist young people’s theatre which gives young people the chance to explore their creativity, both as participants and as audience members. The theatre is open to all, and staff have specialised skills and experience working with young people with additional needs.

Back in spring 2014, staff at Richard House took some siblings to Half Moon Theatre, which is based in Tower Hamlets, to see a show. A member of staff then came over for a chat as they were impressed at how enthusiastic the siblings had been. From here began conversations about how we might work together in the future.

The theatre then secured funding from Newman’s Own Foundation which has enabled them to work really closely with us this year, to date providing 15 sessions per term – a total of 45 over the year. The theatre sessions and workshops have been for children, siblings, families, the Richard House mums group and even team building activities for staff.

Fun brought to the hospice! 

Rachel Flower, activity coordinator at Richard House said: “Having Half Moon Theatre at the hospice is always so much fun! They manage to totally transform any area they’re using into an exciting theatrical, musical space with something to wow all your senses! Visits to them are brilliant too, the children and families get so much from these sessions, whether one-to-one with a child staying here, or working with a group of families, siblings or mums. Each session is engaging and encourages creativity, confidence and connectivity. We have our fingers crossed that funding allows us to continue this into next year.”

Beccy Allen, Creative Learning Producer at Half Moon Theatre said: “It has been so beneficial to have funding to deliver a whole year of work at Richard House. It has meant that we can develop a really strong relationship with Richard House and ensure that all our artists have time to get to know staff, children and families at the hospice. We have worked closely with the family support Team to provide activities and drama experiences that meet participants’ needs and extend the creative work which happens on a regular basis at the hospice. We are on the look-out for funding at the moment to be able to continue this work in 2016.”

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