Burns support groups

Burns Family Group

The Burns Family Group offers support and information for families who have a child that has experienced a burn or scald injury. We provide an environment where families with similar experiences can meet and support each other to help promote positive thinking. We host several ‘get togethers’ for families during the year including outings, picnics, seasonal parties and a sponsored walk.

Each year there is a National Burns Camp for children and young people between the ages of 8–18. The camp provides a place for children to meet who have experienced a burn trauma and to help to develop their sense of independence and confidence along with often making lifelong friends.

Fundraising: The Burns Family Group needs to raise money to give children the opportunity to attend camp next year. If you are willing to raise funds or have any fundraising ideas, please do not hesitate to call me. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Recent events

  • In 2016 eleven of our children attended our summer camp at Grafham Waters Cambridgeshire. A big thank you too our hospital transport department for making our journey there and back a good one

Upcoming events

  • Summer Outing: This July we will be going to Hounslow Urban Farm. Date to be confirmed. For more information visit hounslowurbanfarm.co.uk.
  • National Summer Camp: Grafham Waters from 6–12 August. Please note that we do not have guaranteed funding as yet but are working to secure this. 
  • Alton Towers Day Trip: Saturday 9 September. This is kindly organised by David Webster at Burn Camps—www.burncamps.org.uk
  • Family Weekend: 22–24 September. This gives us the opportunity to invite two families to attend. The family weekend is held in Littlehampton and is kindly funded by the Children's Burns Trust.

For more information please contact:

Sharon Aylott, Health Play Specialist
T: 020 3315 3707
E: caw-tr.burnsfamilygroup@nhs.net

London Area Burns Adult Support Group

The group meets roughly four times a year and is open to adults (16+) who have experienced a burn of any sort, at any age, and have been treated at any hospital. Although based in London we have members from Cambridge, Norfolk, Kent, Devon and Wales. We alternate between meeting to listen to speakers, have group discussions, and take part in social events. We are happy for people to bring family and friends with them.

This group offers a unique opportunity to not only get support from but also to give support to other burns survivors. People tell us that it can be really valuable to meet others with experiences of burns. Our friends at Changing Faces have agreed to host our events at their offices in London. If you would like to come along please get in touch using the contact details below.

We really hope you will be able to join us and look forward to seeing you there.

Recent events

  • Our first meeting of 2017 was held on Thursday 16 March at Changing Faces. There was some spontaneous discussion about new technologies in burns scar management and people shared their personal experience of receiving some of these new treatments. We also discussed ideas for our summer event and set up a survey to find the most popular choice of date and event. You will see below that Kew Gardens on July 8th was the big winner. 

Upcoming events

  • Saturday 8 July 2017 group visit to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Thursday 21 September 2017, 6:30–8pm
  • Thursday 7 December 2017, 6:30–8pm

For more information or to join our database please contact:

Lisa Williams
T: 020 3315 2504
E: lmwilliams@nhs.net

Get in the swim!

We have some exciting news. One of our group has been working hard and is now running regular fortnightly special swimming sessions for people with burns and other visible differences in London. For more details please contact Sylvia via this link: - we hope you can join in. The more people who come the more venues and times Sylvia will be able to offer.

Dan's Fund for Burns report on burns support for adults

In 2012 we were commissioned by Dan's Fund for Burns to undertake the first full scale survey and analysis of all group-based support available in the UK to adults who have experienced a burn injury in adulthood or childhood. The full report was published in February 2013—read it here: Dan's Fund Survey and Analysis of Adult Group-based Burns Support.

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