Hospices & Respite Care

Some of our work is very specific. In the case of children with a range of special and complex needs, including life-limiting and neurological conditions, and children on the autistic spectrum, in palliative care or living with dementia, we focus on enhancing their sensory experiences using clowning and the performing arts as a starting point. We call this ‘Special Branch’.

Our visits, and the engagements we make, are based on staff referral and may focus on a particular issue or a broader developmental goal - we visit many children over extended periods of time (sometimes for years) and the benefits of our visits include:

  • giving access to performing arts and musical activities
  • providing an outlet for creativity and expression
  • allowing children to feel empowered and in control

We visit:

  • Barnardo's Caern Project (Edinburgh)
  • Calareidh Respite Unit (Edinburgh)
  • Rachel House – CHAS (Kinross)
  • Robin House – CHAS (Balloch)
  • Sunndach Respite Unit (Livingston)
"She's been in pain for so long it's so nice to see her smile again."

Mum of a 10 year old girl