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Men enjoy friendly banter at support group

1st June 2015

day hospice men's space group

Men’s Health Week later this month (15-21 June) is a national week of awareness raising activity around health issues specifically affecting men.

The campaign aims to encourage men to make sure that they know how to recognise the signs of illnesses, and to talk about any health issues they have.

Here at St Richard’s Hospice we find that men can sometimes find it difficult to discuss health problems and so may be reluctant to join support groups.

So a year ago we set up our Men’s Space Group to give men with life-threatening illnesses the opportunity to spend time with other men in similar situations. The group offers an introduction to the hospice and perhaps prevent them from being alone.

During the warmer months, this small group meets in our beautiful, serene hospice gardens and tends a few flowers and vegetables.

The men enjoy taking a short time away from the pressures of life and their illnesses, the chance to relax and the opportunity to share any problems with others who may be experiencing the same issues.

The group was set up partnership with Prostate Cancer UK and horticulture expert Duncan Coombs, a recently retired lecturer from Pershore College, is on hand to help the men develop their gardening skills. There is also time to speak to specialist nurses and doctors or to have complementary therapies.

Over the winter and cooler spring months, the group have enjoyed visits from speakers who have spoken to them about a variety of topics and have enjoyed a trip out to visit the beautiful spring flowers at Spetchley Gardens. But while these weekly topics have moved away from a gardening theme, the group has continued to offer a calm environment for relaxation, care and mutual support.

Vanessa Gibson, Community Nursing Services Manager

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.