Young people from Derian House Hospice star in films

Georgina Cox, chief executive of Derian House
Georgina Cox, chief executive of Derian House
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A children’s hospice is set to feature in a series of documentaries aimed at highlighting issues faced by young people with a life-limiting condition as they progress into adulthood.

Transitions is a series of four short films and will feature young people who have received care from Derian House in Chorley. The project is the work of filmmaker Philip Parker, in collaboration with Together for Short Lives’ Transition Taskforce.

We’re delighted to be able to assist with this project and it has been a very positive experience for our young people.

Georgina Cox

Together for Short Lives is the UK’s leading charity for children’ palliative care and the Transition Taskforce is working to improve the transition of young adults moving from children’s to adult services to enable them to live fulfilled lives in adulthood.

The hospice is a member of Together for Short Lives and an active partner in the work of the North West Regional Action Group of the Transition Taskforce. The group commissioned the films to ensure the voices of young people are being heard in order to inform research or new thinking around transition planning in the North West area.

Director Philip Parker hopes to present the “lives, fears and hopes of young adults living in the North West of England.”

Five young people who are cared for by The Lodge, Derian House’s purpose-built unit for 16-26-year-olds, were interviewed. It is hoped the resulting films can be viewed on Together for Short Lives’ website.

Georgina Cox, Derian House chief executive officer, said: “We’re delighted to be able to assist with this project and it has been a very positive experience for our young people. As well as supporting children and their families, Derian House does a great deal of work with young adults and a huge part of looking after them is helping them make that journey into adulthood.