Gaddum offers a paediatric palliative care service for families across Salford, Stockport and Rochdale.
This specialist service supports the families of children with a life limiting or a life threatening illness. Our service is also offered after a child has passed away. Gaddum’s trained staff are able to work with parents, siblings and carers.
We provide an opportunity for individuals to talk about and explore their feeling with someone who is not directly involved in their situation. We can work together to clarify thoughts and feelings, and develop coping strategies for the difficult times. Family support can help family members to talk more openly with each other so that they are able to understand and support each other. When working with children we use a variety of creative and non-verbal therapeutic methods, such as art and play therapy to help them explore their feelings. The intervention will continue for as long as is necessary, and can take place at school, home or another place in which the individual feels comfortable.
The service is available for families whose care is provided by the clinical teams in the above areas, and referrals are made through these teams.
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I have been having counselling through Gaddum for a few years now. I find it helps me immensely and enables me to deal with what my life throws at me. I have a medically complex disabled child with a life limiting condition and have had to shield with her and my other daughter since the pandemic began. It has been extremely stressful and as a result has impacted on my mental health. Since the pandemic the way the sessions work has changed from face to face to over the phone. Being able to continue to have the sessions with my Therapeutic Support Worker has been so important to me and has allowed me time and space each week for me to offload and talk about my feelings and how I manage them from day to day. I would be lost without the support from Gaddum.