Together for Short Lives’ community engagement programme aims to encourage and empower communities to be actively involved in supporting families caring for a child or young person with a life-shortening condition. By doing this we can help children and young people make the most of the time they have with their families.

Community engagement 3 smOver the next two years we will:

  • work with services to help them work with their local communities to better support children with life-shortening conditions and their families
  • raise awareness of the needs of children with life-shortening conditions and their families
  • challenge social awkwardness, including myths and fears surrounding death and dying in our society
  • work to support communities to put practical support in place for children, young people and families in key areas in the UK
  • measure the impact of the work and extend it to other parts of the UK where we believe it will make the biggest difference
  • work with services to establish and test a model of support which helps local families develop relationships or “circles” of support.