Funding for Hospital Parent and Carer Rooms (UK)

The True Colours Trust has established the Breathing Spaces Fund to improve parent/carer rooms in hospitals.  For the purpose of this programme a parent/carer room is defined as ‘a non-clinical space within a hospital set aside for the exclusive use of the parents and carers of a paediatric patient.  It should create a ‘home from home’ environment but is not overnight accommodation’.

Eligible hospital charities where the hospital has a PICU (wards specialising in the assessment and comprehensive treatment of children with a broad spectrum of acute and enduring mental health needs) can apply for grants of up to £20,000 to renovate or create parent/carer rooms on any in-patient paediatric ward.  A list of eligible hospitals can be found here

Applicants may request up to £1,500 in advance towards the costs of designing a parent/carer room in line with the Breathing Spaces guidelines, this sum will be deducted from the total £20,000 grant available.  Any changes to parent/carer rooms funded by Breathing Spaces must be sustained and maintained for a minimum of five years and 10% of each grant should be ring-fenced for annual maintenance costs.

Successful applicants with well-maintained rooms will be eligible to apply for a further one-off grant of £2,500 to update the room at the end of the five-year period.

The programme will run from until March 2020.

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