Finding new ways to help families stay strong
Resilience is the ability to withstand or bounce back quickly from shocks, difficulties and bad news.
Our Family Resilience Programme helps seriously ill children by improving the ability of their whole family to cope emotionally with their illness or disability. We believe families need emotional resilience to deal with a range of feelings including anger, sadness and blame.
Our programme helps the children and young people themselves, parents or guardians, siblings and their extended family unit too.
We believe in inventiveness and practicality, so the programme develops new creative ways to help families to stay strong emotionally.
Some projects will concentrate on a particular stage of the family's journey such as diagnosis, treatment or a life-changing event. Other projects will focus upon other aspects, such as finding new ways to reduce isolation and increase confidence.
We will champion the most promising new approaches to encourage them to be widely used by other people and organisations, in order to help as many children and families as possible.
How does the Family Resilience Programme work?
The programme will run for two years, from October 2013 to September 2015.
We are supporting thirteen projects as part of the Family Resilience Programme, working with the partner charities listed below. We estimate the first wave of the Family Resilience programme will directly help more than 15,000 children, young people and their families around the UK.