22nd January 2019

Hospice launches series of information and social groups

People living with a serious progressive illness and their carers are invited to a free information session on understanding pain and how to manage it.

This introductory session is the first of a series of information and social groups at St Richard’s Hospice, Wildwood Drive, Worcester.

The new initiative is part of the hospice’s expanding Living Well programme and is open to people without a referral and who do not have to be already under the care of St Richard’s.

Understanding Pain and its Management – An introduction, will be held on Tuesday, 29th January from 3.30 – 4.30pm. This is a short session aiming to help people understand what pain is and what options are available to them to help live and cope with it.

Next month, on Thursday, 7th February, will be the first of the Love Books group meetings. This is a monthly social group for people with a serious progressive illness and their carers. Love Books will focus on a particular theme each session where participants can share their love of literature.

And on Thursday, 7th March, individuals with a serious progressive illness can join a social group – Making your life easier with IT – where once a month they can learn how to make technology work for them.

Claire Gijselhart, Day Services Manager, said: “We’re expanding and redeveloping our hospice to dramatically increase the range and depth of services we can offer to help more people with a serious progressive illness to live better, more independent lives.”

She added: “This will often involve seeing people sooner after their diagnosis. These new social and information sessions are the first step in offering more supportive treatments, therapies and activities which will make a difference to individuals and their families too.”

The group session will not have clinical support available and individuals attending need to be independent, or independent with the support of a family member or friend.

The sessions can be pre-booked online at www.strichards.org.uk/live-well or by calling the booking message line on 01905 760900.