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A men’s group at St Richard’s Hospice offers space to relax and meet others facing similar situations. The group offers men under the care of the hospice the opportunity to take time out, take on some light gardening, go on visits, listen to guest speakers and share their experiences with others.
The group was originally set up partnership with Prostate Cancer UK and horticulture expert Duncan Coombs – a recently retired lecturer from Pershore College – is on hand to guide men with little or no experience of gardening and help experienced ‘green fingered’ men develop their skills.
There is also time to speak to specialist nurses and doctors or to have complementary therapies.
Vanessa Gibson, Community Team Leader, explained how the group came about; “We noticed that it is predominantly women who attend our support groups and so we decided to set up a group especially for men. There is always a nurse on hand in case anyone feels poorly or wants to talk about his illness. We find that this is a good introduction to the hospice and gives men the opportunity to share their problems, and perhaps prevent them from being alone.The ethos of the group is that sometimes in the midst of hospital appointments, health concerns and treatments, patients may need some space.”
Each week, up to ten men join the informal sessions and take part in activities which are matched to each person’s level of ability.
Group members can be given support from other St Richard’s services if they think they will be helpful, including benefits advice, counselling, complementary therapies and time with specialist doctors and nurses.To join the Men’s Space group the person must have a confirmed life-threatening diagnosis; a South Worcestershire GP and be referred to St Richard’s Hospice. Anyone can refer to the group including patients themselves and hospice staff will liaise with the patient’s GP.
For more information please contact Vanessa Gibson, Community Nursing Services Manager on 01905 763963 or email firstname.lastname@example.org