Funding available – could you host a Summer School?

Funding will enable five organisations in London to deliver St Christopher’s Summer School in their local area

Some of you may have heard of St Christopher’s Summer School – a week long programme for 16 to 19 year olds interested in exploring a career in care. We’ve been running this for six years now and are delighted to have received funding to extend these training opportunities from Tallow Chandlers’, who work closely with City & Guilds the accreditors of this course.

This might be of interest to you as the funding will enable St Christopher’s to work with five other organisations in London to deliver this programme in their local area. Is this something your hospice might be interested in?

If so, please contact Sally Garbett, Vocational Programmes Manager at St Christopher’s, at by 2 December 2018 and be available for a conference call on 3 December at 3pm – there is now just one place left.

This roll-out of Summer School across the city supports new government legislation requiring schools to involve employers in careers advice and attract young people to careers in healthcare. Since we began our Summer School programme over 150 students have benefitted from this course and earned a nationally recognised qualification as a result – a Level 2 Award in Understanding How to Work in End of Life Care. This innovative programme gives young students the opportunity to learn about the skills and values needed for a career in care, as well as the chance to meet patients and receive practical training from highly-qualified specialists.

Liz Bryan, Director of Education and Training at St Christopher’s explains, “This course is designed to be a real eye-opener for young people and the students learn a great deal in just a short time. The students learn what a career in care can mean, they see what amazing places hospices can be, and they have the chance to explore their own attitudes and values too.”

Aniela Kurzawa, 17, who attended the Summer School programme, says, “It was much more hands-on and fun than I imagined. I learnt a lot about health and social care but having the chance to talk and learn from patients was really amazing and so much more positive than I had thought.  This kind of career is definitely something that I would consider in the future.”

We hope this opportunity may be of interest to our neighbouring London hospices and look forward to hearing from you soon.


Written by

Sally Garbett


6, August 2018


About the Author

Sally Garbett

Sally Garbett

Education and Apprenticeship associate, St Christopher's Hospice

Sally Garbett is the Apprenticeship lead and Vocational Programmes Manager at St Christopher’s where her role is to manage and develop apprenticeships and the vocational education and qualifications offered to external and internal staff. Sally has been involved in Apprenticeships since 1995 and most recently in the development of the healthcare standards, including the Nursing Associate role. Prior to working for St Christopher’s Sally was a freelance consultant and has over twenty five years' experience in qualification development, regulatory activities and delivery. She is also a licensed and qualified user of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to develop teams and individuals.

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