Who is Noah’s Ark?
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice helps seriously unwell children and their families make the most of the precious time they have together. The majority of babies and children who the charity supports are unlikely to reach their 18th birthday – they are either life-limited or life-threatened. The charity’s staff and volunteers provide clinical, practical and emotional support to families across North and Central London and Hertsmere, offering support wherever they need it: in their homes and at The Ark, the state-of-the-art children’s hospice building in Barnet.
Noah’s Ark is based at The Ark, a children’s hospice building opened in 2019. The Ark has an in-patient unit helping children and their families who are facing clinical or social emergencies or require end-of-life care. The charity works closely with its partners in the NHS to ensure the best possible care for the seriously unwell children of North and Central London. The Ark also provides a space for the charity to operate its post-bereavement care, therapies and activities for the family. The state-of-the-art building is set within a beautiful 7.5 acre nature reserve in Barnet.
- Our in-patient unit supports the NHS to provide end-of-life care, as well as step-up or step-down care from hospital
- Up to 11 children can stay in the bedrooms at The Ark at any one time.
- Our nurse-trained specialist carers visit family homes, providing care alongside fun and stimulating play activities
- Our family link service helps parents and carers negotiate complex health, social care and benefits systems and offers emotional and bereavement support
- Our sibling support programme gives young people, with seriously ill brothers or sisters, a break and a chance to try new activities and make friends
- Our professional play, drama and music therapists work with children to aid their development and help them cope in emotionally challenging situations
- Our family activities programme tackles isolation by bringing children and families together to have fun and gain confidence
- Our parent groups provide peer-to-peer support
- Our trained volunteers offer ongoing support across all aspects of family life – from helping children with homework, to gardening or driving to medical appointments