Rachel House, in Kinross, is a 'home from home' for families. It has a range of facilities including a hydrotherapy room, large accessible garden and lots of areas for relaxing and fun. It also has areas for reflection, bereavement support and care. Here are some of the friendly faces you will meet there.
I am a full-time Physiotherapist working for CHAS at Rachel House. I love my job as I work with an amazing team of people, it’s like being part of a big family. We all have the same goal of supporting babies, children, young people and their families. It is so rewarding to see how much our help means to these families. It is a privilege to be able to work for CHAS and the families we support.
Working as a social worker for Chas is so much more than a job to me. It is a commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of the children and families we care for. I particularly enjoy the smiles and laughs when the house comes together for a sing song. I feel very privileged to be part of The CHAS Family
We want to make every day special for the child and their family, too. One youngster had challenging physical disabilities. He was desperate to go skiing, so we arranged for a specially adapted toboggan to take him down the slopes. He loved it so much and I’ll never forget the joy it brought him. His mum had tears in her eyes because she never thought he would get the chance to do that. Kids don’t just come here to die. Some come for months or years and get so much out of the hospice. There’s plenty of moments filled with joy and that’s what we strive for.
It’s a privilege to work as the Chaplain at Rachel House. I love spending time with the children, young people, parents and grandparents who come to stay with us.
I’m here to offer support and to look after spiritual needs. Spiritual care is about having time to listen – it isn’t necessarily religious. Sometimes people talk to me about their life in general or about something in particular they might be struggling with. Some people are grappling with the big questions: Why me? How do I make sense of what’s happening in my life? How can I hold on to hope? It’s inspiring to meet people who have come from different places and who have different stories to tell.
I like spending Christmas at Rachel House. I’ve been here for 14 years, so it’s like being with my family. It can be a difficult time of the year – for many families it will be their last Christmas together. On Christmas Day in Rachel House families have a smile of their face from when they get up to when they go to bed at night. It makes me feel proud. Each family has their own area in the house where they can open their presents together. Later on, everyone gathers in the lounge – we can hear all the fun and laughing while we are cooking up Christmas.