Hand In Hand
Hand in Hand is a nonprofit organisation which provides the families of children with cancer with much-needed practical support. They support families who are affected by childhood cancer by giving them access to professional service providers.
Hand in Hand was established by a group of volunteers in 2006 who were inspired by a two-year-old Galway girl who was receiving treatment for leukaemia in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Dublin.
They engage professional services suppliers to provide the following support to all families before, during and after their child’s cancer treatment: support with child care, domestic cleaning services, household laundry and family meals.
By availing of their services, families find they have more precious time to spend with their children rather than trying to keep on top of household chores.
They have had to make many changes as a result of COVID-19, but continue to support families through:
- In person play therapy has stopped, so the play therapist is now providing weekly games and activity packages via email to families
- The play therapist is also offering telephone support.
- They are offering online adult counselling sessions for parents of children affected by childhood cancer
- The service manager has actively been contacting families to offer supermarket vouchers to ease the burden of food costs at this time.