Our team of Clown Doctors visit young people in hospitals and hospices and engage them in clowning, storytelling, music, magic, circus skills and improvisation.
They focus on supporting and empowering young patients and their families during what can be a challenging time, tailoring activities thoughtfully and sensitively, putting the individual at the heart of each interaction.
Clown Round has been running since 2008 and visits usually take place at the James Paget, Ipswich, Colchester and Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals and to EACH Hospices in Suffolk and Norfolk.
Since 2020, at times when face-to-face visits have not been possible, we continue to support families through video calls and outside socially distanced visits when possible.
After the Rain
What inspired this project?
A stay in hospital can be daunting for anybody, but for children and young people, it can be particularly hard. As well as coping with feelings of discomfort, an individual may be dealing with unfamiliar medical difficulties and the upset of being away from loved ones and the comforts of home.
Clown round aims to increase the wellbeing of patients and their families by providing distraction and a positive focus, helping to: increase happiness and confidence; decrease anxiety and feelings of isolation as well as building resilience and feelings of self-belief.
Over 10,000 children supported since 2010
Lucy Enskat, Project Development Officer
Units 13 & 14
Malt Store Annex
The Cut, 8 New Cut
Telephone: 01986 873955