Community engagement


Community engagement is important to everyone at St Richard’s Hospice.

The hospice engages with its community to raise awareness of what it does and what support it provides; to dispel common hospice myths and listen to what people need from its care and support.

Community engagement is a function carried out by the hospice’s Family Support Team, members of its clinical teams, Communications and Fundraising Teams and its volunteers. The hospice engages with thousands of people on an annual basis through a variety of projects and events.

Community engagement projects at St Richard’s Hospice:

  • The hospice’s Family Support Team regularly supports local schools to increase understanding of hospice care and bereavement with both pupils and teachers.
  • Listening into Action is a forum group whereby current patients, carers and those with a connection to the hospice can support ongoing developments by providing suggestions and opinions from a user’s perspective. The group is facilitated by the hospice and hospice departments are represented. If you would like more information please contact Tracey Grint, Care Quality Lead, on or call 01905 763963.
  • Activities in the community during Dying Matters Awareness Week and Hospice Care Week to raise the profile of St Richard’s and initiate conversations with its community around palliative care, death, dying and bereavement.
  • The hospice’s Fundraising and Communications Teams regularly welcome the community to open afternoons and hospice tours to showcase its facilities and dispel common hospice misconceptions. If you are interested in arranging a tour or finding out when the next open afternoon will be held, please contact the Fundraising Team on 01905 763963.
  • Build relationships with community groups to ensure the hospice’s services are inclusive and meet the needs of the local community.
  • The hospice’s passionate teams regularly deliver talks to local community groups and to those who are interested in hearing more about the hospice’s support. The hospice visits WI’s, Rotary groups, lunch clubs, friendship clubs and other social groups in the community. If you are interested in arranging a guest speaker please contact Alice Spearing, or call 01905 763963.

St Richard’s Hospice is passionate and dedicated to engaging with its community. If you would like to find out more information please contact Alice Spearing, Engagement Officer, or call 01905 763963.