Acorns has three specialist children’s hospices serving the West Midlands region. Each year we provide care to over 820 local life limited and life threatened children, and support for their families.
- Acorns in Birmingham, based in Selly Oak, supports families from across Birmingham, North Warwickshire and Coventry
- Acorns in the Black Country, based in Walsall, supports families from Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire and Shropshire
- Acorns for the Three Counties, based in Worcester, supports families from Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and South Warwickshire
Each hospice has 10 specially decorated bedrooms which are designed to cater for the needs of babies, children and adolescents. There is also accommodation for families so they can stay close by, and separate adolescent areas to give older children privacy and an independent environment.
Areas of the hospices include complementary therapy rooms and hydrotherapy pools and spas in addition to the bedrooms and dining facilities. As well as play and activity areas with up to date IT equipment and multisensory rooms for relaxation and the experience of noises, lights and touch.
Each hospice has a temperature controlled special bedroom where a child or young person can stay after their death so they can be cared for and visited by their family before their funeral
“Acorns is a lifeline for us. We can come here for a day out with the other children as well and Jack can be involved in different activities. He can participate as much as he wants or as little as he needs to.
There’s always something going on and always other children here and Jack thoroughly enjoys it, as we all do as a family. We get to go in the hydrotherapy pool as a family, which is wonderful and would not be possible for Jack if we didn’t have Acorns.”
– Catherine, Jack’s mum
The hospice buildings are light and colourful and the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly, helping to ensure a home-from-home atmosphere where children can enjoy their stay and make the most of every day.
Outside the hospice buildings are gardens with ample space for play and activities along with a peaceful memorial garden where families can spend time reflecting and remembering a child they have lost.
The support of volunteers greatly enhances the services of the hospices. Our volunteers are involved in a variety of tasks including housekeeping, reception, maintenance, gardening and supporting children and families at home via group work. Find out more about becoming a volunteer at an Acorns hospice.
Acorns in Birmingham
Our Birmingham hospice in Selly Oak opened in 1988 and has plenty of space for play and activities both inside the hospice and in the gardens. A yellow brick road offers access to a variety of areas for activity, nature watching, sitting quietly or having fun in the play area.
103 Oak Tree Lane, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6HZ
Telephone: 0121 248 4850
Acorns in the Black Country
Opened in June 1999, our Walsall hospice has a family care suite with shower and kitchen facilities, as well as landscaped gardens with plenty to explore.
Click here to watch a video tour of Acorns in the Black Country.
Walstead Road, Walsall WS5 4NL
Telephone: 01922 422 500
Acorns for the Three Counties
Our Worcester hospice opened in March 2005 and includes a hydrotherapy pool and activity rooms such as indoor soft play, a multisensory room and a young person lounge.
Click here to take a virtual tour of Acorns for the Three Counties.
350 Bath Road, Worcester WR5 3EZ
Telephone: 01905 767 676
See inside our hospice
Most people have never visited a children’s hospice and have lots of misconceptions – here is your chance to see for yourself with a virtual 360 tour.
Each of our three hospices are unique, however this virtual tour around Acorns for the Three Counties will give you a taste of what life is like in our hospices.
Here are some things you might notice:
- A home-from-home environment – visitors are often surprised at how homely our hospices are. It’s important that we provide children with a comfortable home-from-home when they come to visit. Which is why we provide a relaxed environment and our staff and volunteers don’t wear uniforms.
- Bedrooms – click to go down the corridors and take a look into the bedrooms. When a child comes to stay we make sure their room is just how they like it – including their own bed covers, favourite toys and pictures from home. You’ll notice that they are very similar to a “regular” bedroom, but you will spot some differences too. Specialist medical equipment in our rooms may include adjustable beds, hoists, monitoring machines and oxygen. The specific equipment will depend on the individual needs of the child to make sure their stay is comfortable and safe. Each of our hospices has 10 bedrooms, we always keep a bedroom available for end of life and emergency care.
- Specialist medical equipment – we have a wide range of specialist equipment around the hospices. As well as medical equipment we also have specialist play technology to help children of all abilities enjoy fun and therapeutic play. We are fortunate to have some amazing technology such as the Eyegaze which enables non-verbal children to communicate and play using just their eye movements, they can even draw pictures with it to take home to their parents!
- Gardens – get a glimpse of our wonderful gardens through the windows as you tour the building. Our gardens are open to all children and families, our wide doors enable children in chairs and beds to access the fresh air. Whether it’s to enjoy family time together on our adapted play areas, or to get some quiet space to reflect. Each hospice also has a memorial garden, which is a special place to remember children. We lay a stone for each child engraved with their name in these gardens and families may place their own mementos too. Families may visit whenever they wish to remember and reflect.
- Kitchen and dining room – families, staff and volunteers all sit down to enjoy a home cooked meal prepared by our kitchen staff. We ensure that the special dietary requirements of our children and families are always catered for. Tube feeding is a very normal sight at Acorns as many children in our care are unable to get their nutrition orally. Our care staff are highly trained and able to manage various different kinds of tube feeding.
- Hydrotherapy pool – a very popular part of our hospice! Many of the children and families we care for can’t access a normal swimming pool, because the water is too cold and the risk of infection is too high. Families can enjoy time together with a splash session in the pool. Children also receive hydrotherapy with a trained physiotherapist in the pool to relieve their symptoms. Hydrotherapy can help reduce pain, joint stiffness and weak muscles.
- Craft and play areas – at Acorns children can be children – which often means playing and getting messy! Our craft rooms are the perfect place for this. We adapt play to suit the abilities of each child, this may include sensory experiences such as feeling paint on their hands. We also make mementos for families to treasure. We have lots of special sensory toys, including textures, lights and sounds. For our young people our adolescent lounge provides a place to hang out with friends, chatting and playing video games.
- Family flats – each hospice has dedicated accommodation for families to stay on site. This could be the first time a child comes to stay with us. Leaving a child with a serious condition can be a nerve-racking experience, so being able to stay the night and see how their child is cared for can reassure families. Family flats are also vital at end of life. We ensure families can be together in those precious moments.
- Special bedrooms – you will not see our special bedrooms on this tour, but they play a very important part of the service that we provide for families. Each hospice has a temperature controlled special bedroom where a child or young person can stay after their death so they can be cared for and visited by their family before their funeral. These rooms are decorated like a normal Acorns bedroom and families can personalise them as they wish with things like toys, pictures and personal belongings.
Find out more about the range of care services we offer from our hospices
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