Following the tremendous success of the first two rounds of Design & Dignity Projects the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and the HSE today announced a new fund for a third round of projects.
Impact of surroundings
Recognising how deeply people are affected by their surroundings, the Design & Dignity Project has developed a range of ‘exemplar’ projects within public acute hospitals. To date, we have supported 20 projects around Ireland. Hospitals have created relaxing, spacious family rooms within busy acute wards, upgraded mortuaries into welcoming, respectful environments and redesigned viewing rooms in emergency departments and mortuaries. Feedback from families and staff has been overwhelmingly positive demonstrating that, with relatively small investments; a real difference can be made at traumatic times in people’s lives. More details on Design & Dignity can be found HERE
Hospitals around Ireland will benefit from our grant fund which will help transform older /dated spaces including family rooms, gardens and mortuaries. The Design & Dignity grants scheme is operated and co-funded by the IHF and the HSE. To date 20 projects have been funded across the country under the Design & Dignity scheme at a cost of €2m.
Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, commented:
“Every year 28,000 people in Ireland die and 43% die in acute hospitals. The Design & Dignity scheme aims to bring design excellence to hospitals where so many people spend their last days. New facilities are a sanctuary for families at a very distressing time, and allow them the proper space and privacy they need. We have already seen the grants improve facilities in 20 hospitals across the country and are delighted to announce more project funding for 2017.”
Guidance on the type of projects that will be considered for grants and an application form are attached. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 16th of September 2016. Please submit 6 copies of the completed application form with supporting material to Pamela Withero, The Irish Hospice Foundation, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2.Tags: Design&Dignity, Grants, PressRelease