As soon as he learned of his condition Jak did an extraordinary thing. Instead of dwelling on his own situation he decided that he would be as positive as he could and try to help make a difference for others.
He wanted somewhere they could all go to relax and feel welcome in a safe environment. Team Jak Foundation was formed to help make Jak’s Den a reality and it will include the following as set out by Jak himself:
Team Jak was then formed to help make Jak’s Den a reality and it will include the following as imagined by Jak himself:
In December 2015 the first Jak’s Den (mark 1) opened its doors. We very quickly discovered after Jak died that there was a real need for support and help now and that we couldn’t wait to do this until we had the £3.3million required for the ultimate Den. So we found an Office space within Geddes House, Livingston and our amazing architect, Robert Collin from CUBE, created an inspirational space for our children and families to visit and gives us a real glimpse of the amazing ultimate Den to come.
Within Jak’s Den Mark 1 we have a fantastic Media Zone, Kidzone, Activity Area and beautiful counselling room. We are currently working with an increasing number of amazing inspirational families- some going through treatment, some in remission and sadly some Angel families.
We have already been able to provide a number of activities for our families including Music Therapy, Drop-In Sessions, Alternative Therapies, parties, structured sessions and much more and we are about to hold our first support group for bereaved siblings and friends of teenagers and families, as Jak was aware of a gap at this age for Aimie and Hannah.
Our Parent Support Group for Bereaved Parents has begun along with weekly coffee mornings for parents of our warriors.
We are honoured to be providing a voucher for bereaved families to get a cushion or bear made from an item of clothing by Tip2Toe in Fabric as this is something we got great comfort from using some of Jak’s tops.
We are very very excited about our plans for a satellite Jaks Den to be opened in Aberdeen as soon as we can raise enough money and find suitable premises which will support our children young people and families in Aberdeen and the surrounding areas through drop in counselling and various support groups and music and alternative therapies. We will need to raise about £70,000 in order to fully furnish and kit out this Jak’s Den for a year.
Team Jak also provide outreach services for those unable to get to the Den and those still in hospital.
We provide snacks, drinks, vouchers, games, dvds, goodie bags and anything else requested by the Ward Sister to the hospital as and when required.
We also arrange special moments from both within and out with the Den for any child and family who need a wee “boost”.
Sunday: By Appointment
Thursday mornings: 10am-12pm- Coffee and Cake for Warrior Parents
Friday afternoons: Music Therapy by referral
Saturdays: 10am-1pm- Drop-In Session for Warriors and Angel families
First Sunday of each month: Teen Warrior Drop-In-must book in advance
First Wednesday of each month: 7pm-9pm Teen Bereaved Sibling Activity Night- For S1 and above
Second Wednesday of each month: 7-30pm-9-30pm- Bereaved Parents Coffee and Cake