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Work experience for pupils at hospice

15th October 2015

Three local school children are exchanging 20 hours of school for 20 hours service at St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester.

The Year 10 students from The River School are undertaking the community service as part of their vocational Asdan qualification, a nationally recognised qualification and training body.

William Deane, Connor Baird and Habibah Zamir, all aged 14, are working with staff at the hospice supporting visitors, as well as helping with gardening and general maintenance for two hours each week for a 10 week period.

Robert Standfield, Head of Education at St Richard’s Hospice said : “We welcomed the opportunity to give the students a variety of work experience in the hospice. It’s a very good way to give them an insight into how we care for patients and families and what hospice care means within our local community. We hope they have learned from the experience and will also help spread the word about hospice care through their own networks.”

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We are absolutely delighted that William, Connor and Habibah have been given the opportunity to serve their local community in such a way. We approached St Richard’s Hospice to see if it could help facilitate our young people’s ASDAN challenge and have been so pleased with all the positive feedback; such real life situations help them grow in confidence, learning how to be caring citizens. We cannot thank Robert and his team enough for their fabulous help and support.”

Listen to Habibah and teacher Stephanie Boyd Speaking to Michael collie on BBC Hereford and Worcester’s Sunday Breakfast show about their hospice experience.

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: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • 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.