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

  • Our summer outing to Hounslow Urban Farm took place in July whereby several families attended and had a great time

  • Twelve children from our family group attended the National Summer Camp in August. Unfortunately the sun did not shine for us during  camp, but we still participated in all the activities on offer and enjoyed ourselves

  • Our annual trip to Alton Towers took place on Saturday 9th September. We were part of 77 burn injured children that attended from across the UK. Once again the sun did not shine but a great time was had by all

    A big thank you to Dave Webster and the burns camp charity for making this possible www.burncamps.org.uk

Upcoming events

  • 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
  • Jamboree: 21st-24th October. For those families that have received their forms please return them no later than Friday 15th September

  • Christmas Party. Date and time to be confirmed

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 autumn meeting was held on Thursday 14 September 2017 at Changing Faces. Jennifer Fitt and Joy Huston from Dan’s Fund for Burns joined us to unveil their new adult support website and to gather feedback and comments from the group. There was a lot of discussion, some great ideas and suggestions from the attendees which they have taken away to consider. I think this website is going to be a really exciting and useful resource moving forward and will hopefully be able to share this with you once it goes live.

Upcoming events

  • Thursday 7 December 2017, 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 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.

Coping with the stress of a traumatic incident leaflet

Click here for a pdf copy of the leaflet we give 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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