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Conference 2020

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We regret to announce that we have taken the decision to postpone our Time for Change: a new vision for children’s palliative care conference, that was due to take place in Manchester on 25 and 26 of March 2020. We have taken this decision in response to the evolving public health challenge caused by COVID-19.

Together for Short Lives plans to move the Time for Change conference to a date in autumn 2020. We will announce with the new date and venue in the coming weeks.

If you were booked as a delegate or speaker at the conference we hope the following FAQs will help with initial queries. If you have further questions, or would like to speak someone at Together for Short Lives please use the contact form below, and we will endeavor to respond to your query as soon as we can.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why have you postponed the conference?

With the current uncertainty around the spread of the COVID-19 virus we felt it was simply the right thing to do. It’s a difficult decision, however our first priority is to the seriously ill babies, children, young people and families that we are here for. We know that many of the delegates and presenters work with some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people and their families, and we cannot justify holding a large event at this time, when many attendees are needed at their places of work in the NHS and voluntary sector. We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused by the postponement.

When will the new conference take place?

At this point we’re not sure.

We are hoping to rearrange the conference around Autumn of this year, however this is subject to both logistics, and what happens regarding the spread and/or containment of the virus. As and when we confirm future details we will communicate them with delegates as soon as we can, and thank you for your patience in the meantime.

I have booked a conference place – what do I do?

As a default we will hold all conference bookings and transfer them to our rearranged Time for Change conference which we hope will be held in the Autumn, at a location and on a date to be confirmed. If you are happy in principle to attend this rearranged conference there is no need to do anything right now – we will contact you in due course with an updated date and you can reconfirm your booking at that time.

I would like to cancel my booking and get a refund

We are more than happy to provide a full refund to any delegates if you would like to cancel either now, or after the new date has been announced if it is inconvenient.

If you would like a refund please send us your request with your details using the web-form below (or via email to

What about the travel and accommodation I have booked?

As we are a charity we are unable to reimburse any travel or accommodation costs incurred by delegates.

I was booked to speak or present an abstract – what will happen to the programme at the rearranged conference?

We will contact all speakers and presenters to discuss your future participation. We have a brilliant line up of speakers and abstract presenters and we are hoping to keep the Time for Change conference programme as published to preserve the energy, expertise and contributions of you all. However we appreciate that we may need to amend the programme somewhat, and will publish an updated programme later in the year.

I’ve got a question this isn’t covered by these FAQs

Please get in touch with us using the form below. We will be regularly monitoring notifications from this form, and will endeavor to respond to you as soon as possible, but please do bear with us over the next few days if there is a delay in responding.

Get in touch

If you wish to request a cancellation of your booked place, or have any other questions please regarding our conference please submit your query using the form below.