Outreach Programmes

Bringing Barretstown’s magic beyond our castle gates, to hospitals, schools and communities around Ireland

Barretstown has no boundaries!

With its fairy-tale castle, secret gardens and amazing activities, everyone knows what a magical place Barretstown is.

A wonderful mixture of serious fun and serious healing all rolled into one. Well, for some time now we’ve been packing some of that magic up into a big suitcase and taking it out on the road into hospitals, schools and communities around Ireland.

Our Outreach Programmes provide the opportunity to bring the magic of camp beyond the castle gates and to reach an even wider group of children and families living with cancer and serious illness.

Hospital Outreach Programme

The Hospital Outreach Programme (HOP) brings the positive, playful spirit of Barretstown to children and families in the hospital setting. By offering unique, creative and developmentally appropriate activities and interactions, we help to restore joy and laughter in a time often laden with fear, stress and uncertainty.

We work within the hospital environment to create activity based programmes focused on improving the quality of life during treatment. The Hospital Outreach Programme continues to bring the happiness and fun of the Camp’s summer programming to children living with a serious illness all year round.

We are currently running HOP in Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, Cork University Hospital, The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Dublin.

HOP Calendar

Camp on the Move

We pack up camp and take it on the road to venues around Ireland, to bring some Barretstown magic to families living in towns and cities around Ireland ...

These one day camps help campers remain connected to Barretstown, and are a chance for families to reconnect too and meet families in similar circumstances in their geographical area.

Camp on the Move includes illness specific camps for children to meet and share experiences with other children living with the same serious illness.

Camp in School

Many campers go back to school and find it almost impossible to explain what Barretstown camp is all about to their friends ...

The camper becomes the star of the show for the day, and it’s a great way to deal with many of the issues that build up in children’s minds. This post camp booster helps to reduce feelings of isolation and share the fun of camp with class mates.

Each Camp in Schools session will be tailored to meet the needs of the child taking into account various abilities, age, any shyness and their classmates understanding of the role of Barretstown in their life.

Education Programme

Barretstown’s School Education programme aims to create a fun, interactive and child-friendly approach to explaining what cancer is whilst dispelling myths associated with it. It encourages children to be supportive of their classmate who has cancer and helps to reduce the likelihood of bullying, exclusion, confusion or anxiety. On returning to school children can often look different as a result of the side effects from their treatment – this needs to be explained to the class to help them understand what they have been through and how to support them. The programme includes a short puppet show, followed by group discussions delivered through games and activites. Similar to our Camp In Schools programme, the programme is tailored for each camper.

A similar school programme is now available for children with diabetes.

Got a question?

Eva manages the Outreach Programmes, please contact her if you have any queries or need any further information ...