Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Together for Short Lives

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When a child's life is expected to be short, there's no time to waste. Together for Short Lives is the UK charity that is here to make sure seriously ill children and their families can make the most of every moment they have together - whether that's for years, months or only hours. Many of these children have complex conditions and need specialist care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We stand alongside families, supporting them to make sure they get the vital care and help that they need.

Our Helpline is here for families facing the toughest of times. We offer confidential emotional support and information on a range of issues and provide easily digestible information about available support so families can spend less time searching for help and have more time together. And we connect families with support services and other families who understand what they are going through, so they don't feel as alone.

Together with our members we champion, improve and support children's palliative care services and professionals.  By working together, we have a strong and unified voice, and help services deliver the best quality care and support tailored to each family's needs.

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Opening times:
Our support team is available to respond to calls, Live Chat and email 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours and at weekends and Bank Holidays, you can leave a message on our answerphone and we will respond as soon as possible/within 48 hours, when we?re back at work.
Further opening details:
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • All Year Round
This is a free service.
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 If you are parent or carer who looks after or knows a child or young person expected to have a short life, we're here to help.