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 contact Annette Maynard (Health Play Specialist) on 020 3315 3707 or . Your support would be very much appreciated.

Recent events

  • Family weekend—September: This was our fourth weekend at Littlehampton with eight families from across the South East Burns Network. The weekend was a great success enjoyed by all. Thank you to the Children's Burns Trust (CBT) for making this happen.

  • Jamboree—October: This weekend saw us taking four children for a fun-packed weekend at Grafham Waters Sailing Club. A big thank you once again to the Children's Burns Trust and Healthcare and Transport Services (HATS) for making this possible.


Our long-term play specialist Sharon Aylott left the Trust in December 2017. Annette Maynard is our new play specialist and family group manager. Welcome Annette!!

For more information please contact:

Annette Maynard, 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 winter/end of year meeting was held on 7 December 2017 at Changing Faces in central London. There were many new and old faces from near and far afield joining together to celebrate the end of 2017 with food, drink, discussion and a few games. One of the outcomes from our gathering was that two members of the group, Angi and Ruby, have volunteered to present their ideas at our March meeting. More details to follow soon.

Upcoming events

  • Thursday 15 March 2018, 6:30–8pm
  • Saturday late June/early July TBD
  • Thursday 20 September 2018, 6:30–8pm
  • Thursday 6 December 2018, 6:30–8pm—End of Year Party

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 special swimming sessions for people with burns and other visible differences in London. For more details please email Sylvia on —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.

Coping with the stress of a traumatic incident leaflet

We give this leaflet to our patients and families who have experienced a traumatic event. It contains information about how people might be affected, common reactions, helpful hints including grounding, self-care and potential sources of help.


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