Provide information – we have leaflets to share with NICUs (neonatal intensive care units), so that a family who are starting out on their journey have access to information and support, if/when then need it. We can also provide “parent packs”, with some items in that may help and offer a little comfort during those early days and weeks. Either parents or healthcare professionals can complete the referral form for more information – here.
Buddy support – if a HIE parent thinks it may be helpful to meet up with a mum or dad who has been through the same, or similar experience, then we can put them in touch with a “buddy” for peer support – we’ll even throw a coffee or two in for them! We understand though that meeting up may feel a little too much for some people, so we offer telephone and email contact as well.
Counselling – Peeps is run by parents, and whilst we are always happy to lend an ear, we’re not trained professionals. If someone affected by HIE feels that they would benefit from speaking to a trained counsellor (often EMDR is recommended for those who have been through trauma) then we can look to support, and would ask people to contact us to discuss.
Funding for equipment – having little one can be expensive, and if your child needs a little extra support the costs can really add up. We have an allocated fund for equipment that isn’t available through the NHS – this includes, but isn’t restricted to, items like the Firefly GoTo seat or Splashy. You can apply for up to £400 towards the cost of equipment. Please get in touch for more info.