The LIFE (Learn. Innovate. Fund. Empathise.) project, delivered by LOROS Hospice in partnership with Uppingham School, brings together students from schools across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. With a palliative and end of life care focus, the project introduces young people to careers in the charity sector, technology and entrepreneurship amongst others.
Students will work in teams to develop innovative solutions to challenges, which will be presented to a panel of experts at Uppingham School. These include challenging questions like ‘How can technology help address inequalities in palliative care for different ethnic groups?’ and ‘What steps can we take to make donating easier in an increasingly cashless society?
John Knight, LOROS CEO, said: “We believe that this project has the potential to make a real difference to patients, their families and carers. Covid has thrown us all into a world where we’ve had to think differently and be prepared to pivot and change. When our patients were unable to see their closest relatives because the risk of covid infection was so high, we had to find different ways to connect them. Previously unthinkable solutions can become the norm in extraordinary times and the urgent need to solve a problem can become a powerful driver for change.
"We are really looking forward to seeing students’ ideas and creativity.”