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Fireflies Toolkit

The Fireflies Toolkit is a fun creative resource for teenagers aged 13 – 17yrs who are transitioning from paediatric to adult health services.

Between 2015 and 2018, Helium’s “Fireflies” project investigated how the arts can support transition from child to adult care for long-term patients by promoting independence, decision making skills, communication skills and improved self-esteem. Fireflies was funded by the BNP Paribas Foundation’s ‘Dream Up’ programme. Other participating hospitals included the National Children’s Hospital Tallaght and Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore.

Funded by Túsla, the Fireflies Toolkit brings together learning and resources developed through the project in Temple Street, with further support from the Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin.

Click below to start the creative journey!

Watch our short animated video.

Learn how to create your instructions booklets.

Book Box

Build a Book Box

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Calendar Book

Keep up to date with the Calendar Book

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Download Calendar Book template here.

Challenger

Live your Best Life with Challenger

Download printable instructions here.

Download Challenger template here.

Field of Dreams

Meet your goals, literally, with the Field of Dreams

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Download Field of Dreams template here.

Time Capsule

Celebrate the past and look to the future with the Time Capsule

Download printable instructions here.

Download Time Capsule template here.

Time Out Cup

Design your own Time Out Cup and chill

Download printable instructions here.

Visual Timeline

Chart your transition with the Visual Timeline

Download printable instructions here.

Download Visual Timeline template here.

Produced by Helium Arts, Fireflies was funded by the BNP Paribas Foundation’s ‘Dream Up’ programme. Other participating hospitals included the National Children’s Hospital Tallaght and Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore.

Funded by Túsla, the Fireflies Toolkit brings together learning and resources developed through the project in Temple Street, with further support from the Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin.

Artists: Rachel Tynan & Siobhán Clancy

Designer: Eilís Murphy / Folded Leaf

Animator: Pádraig Fagan, Paper Panther Productions

Videographer: Colm Mullen

Sound Recordist: Peter Nicell

With special thanks to: the young people and medical staff who contributed their ideas and experiences to the design of the Toolkit and associate resources; the Electric Feathers Helium Arts Group; Helen Corrigan / Senior Occupational Therapist, Trudi Meehan / Senior Clinical Psychologist & young people at Wexford CAMHS; Brenda Ryan / Patient Advocacy & Corporate Services Manager, OLCHC & the National Children’s Hospital Youth Advisory Committee; Nurse Bernie Kennedy, staff & young people at Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar; Prof Declan Cody / Consultant Endocrinologist & Vincent Mc Darby / Senior Clinical Health Psychologist and staff, at the Diabetes & Endocrine Unit, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin; Eddie Daly, IBM Design Thinking Practitioner.

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