Did you know there are a growing number of teens in our children's hospitals and these young people have different needs to younger children?
Designed to combat loneliness and isolation, Livewire connects teens and young people (10-20) experiencing serious illness or disability through creative workshops when they're in hospital, as well as via an online community.
Livewire helps teens navigate life with a serious illness, support each other and most importantly, to focus on the positives of what they can do, not what they can't.
By day, Livewire delivers workshops and activities on the wards, whilst at night the Starlight Express Room becomes a teen-only hang out. A chill out zone where young people with serious illness or disability can be social, build friendships, feel independent and connect with others who know what they're going through. It's a place that's not school and definitely not the domain of doctors, nurses, younger kids or other adults. A place where they can just be teenagers.
Livewire transforms the teen hospital experience by distracting them from pain and stress and enabling them to feel understood, accepted and supported.
Livewire facilitators "get" what teens are experiencing. They provide dynamic activities that enhance personal development, encourage engagement and foster a sense of normality in a relaxed environment.
Uniquely Australian, Livewire was developed in 2006 in partnership with leading Australian health professionals to address the growing numbers of teenagers living with serious illness and disability.
It can't be found anywhere else in the world.
Livewire: The Teen Age of Entertainment
- Teen-only activities are run in hospital wards and the Starlight Express Room at night.
- Livewire facilitators inspire teens to express themselves creatively through multimedia, writing, cooking, art and music workshops.
- Teens choose what they want to do.
Livewire.org.au: A virtual hang out
For those who prefer to stay in their hospital room or are feeling isolated at home, they can interact online via a safe, vetted Australia-wide community.
Livewire Zine is a magazine filled with great stories, interviews, competitions and more.
It's entertaining, inspiring and it's just for young people dealing with serious health issues.
There are three issues each year and each one is jam-packed with content that helps teens connect and engage and it's a valuable part of their whole Livewire experience.
Download the latest Zine (2.75MB).
Livewire locations and opening hours.
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