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 pediatric 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 pediatric 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 until March 2020.