Following extensive consultation between Everton in the Community and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital a groundbreaking partnership has been establish to bring the Community’s award winning disability programme to the patients of Europe's largest children's hospital.
The project aims to bring fun health and exercise activities to the young people based within the Neuro-medical and Oncology units.
Each week day, Everton in the Community staff visit Alder Hey for afternoons of exercise, music and laughter with patients and their families.
Exercise activities are designed in a way that allows all children to take part, regardless of age, ability or physical circumstance. Well planned differentiation encourages all children, along with their families and hospital staff, to participate in a safe and nurturing environment.
The workshops provide a platform for social interaction and laughter, easing the children's anxieties about hospital whilst breaking up the tedium of long-term hospital care.
Everton in the Community also lead health and well-being workshops at Alder Hey, called Beauty in the Community.
This scheme launched in December 2010, in partnership with Woodlands Spa, received backing from Jose Baxter, Shane Duffy, Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle and England goalkeeper Rachel Brown.
Beauty in the Community offers children and their families’ time out from long term medical treatment to enjoy holistic therapies such as neck, back and shoulder massage, relaxing head and hand massages as well as manicures, carried out by professional beauticians from Woodlands Spa.