About Julia's House

The Julia’s House story

Julia’s House is a local charity dedicated to supporting the families of children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions in the heart of the community in Wiltshire and Dorset. Many of these children require round-the-clock care, which has a huge impact on family life.

Julia’s House provides bespoke care for every family it supports, with each family receiving up to 200 hours of free care each year. Parents can choose when, where and how they receive their care – at home, in the community or at one of the charity’s two hospices in Devizes and Corfe Mullen – making it a truly flexible service. Julia’s House is there for the whole family, not just the sick child, providing emotional support and social opportunities for parents, grandparents and siblings to help break the cycle of anxiety and isolation that can lead a family to breaking point.

This regular clinical care, respite and emotional support, plus emergency end-of-life care and bereavement support is provided completely free to families, thanks to the generosity of the local community.  Julia’s House relies on public donations, fundraising and legacies for more than 94% of the money needed to keep running its vital service in Wiltshire and Dorset.

Julia’s House children’s hospice cares for nearly 200 families across Wiltshire and Dorset. Currently nearly 80% of the children supported by Julia’s House need two care team members present during their community sessions due to the complexity of their condition. And as more life-limited children are living for longer and with increasingly more complex care needs, demand for the specialist care that Julia’s House provides is expected to rise in the coming years.

Julia’s House aims to be a very high quality service and employer:

  • The government’s Care Quality Commission inspectorate awarded Julia’s House the highest possible rating of ‘Outstanding’
  • In the 2021 Best Companies’ staff survey, Julia’s House was rated ‘Outstanding’ and ranked 12th in ‘The Charities 30 Best Organisations to Work For’

“When nobody else cared, or at least not enough to help, Julia’s House was there. We were drowning and they simply rescued us.” - a parent

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