Evelina's Scout and Guide unit wins brownie points with patients


Posted on Tuesday 23 April 2013
Mya Quinlan enjoys the new children's club

The first two pilot session's have been a hit with the kids

The Evelina London Children's Hospital pilots its first ever combined Guide and Scout group for its patients and their siblings aged 6 - 18 years. 

Joining forces with Girlguiding, The Scout Association and Westminster School, staff and volunteers will bring some fun into the hospital every Monday evening.

Combining the activities, skills and learning children get from Scouts and Guides, the Evelina Guides and Scouts group hopes to ensure our patients do not miss out on fun while they are in hospital.

Some children are in hospital a very long time and look forward to every visitor they have and any activity that takes their mind off their treatment. Staff at Evelina London understand that patients must feel they are living as much of a normal life as possible, despite being in hospital.

Deputy Director of Operations, Nicola Grinstead, who pioneered the project said: "Through providing fun and interactive activities, Guiding and Scouting supports young people to learn new skills, make friends and develop confidence. We are really excited about the possibility of extending this opportunity to those young people who are patients in our care.”

The weekly group will officially start in May.

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