Pioneering development that blends informality, self-help, peer support, information and sustainability in a unique mix of charitable and commercial income generation alongside community development.
Background Vision: That all in Central Lancashire facing life shortening illness have quality of life and dignity in death.
Our current model cannot deliver this.
Influences Dying for Change – Charles Leadbeater, 2010
‘support will be impossible unless we encourage conversations … so people are more able to shape what happens’
Commission into the Future of Hospice Care – Help the Hospices, 2013
people want ‘easy access to information and regular conversations’
the future lies in ‘maximising the potential that consumers and the community have’
Local discussion with patients and families about their experiences of end of life care
Practicalities Renovation of a dilapidated barn into Café and Community Palliative Care Centre
50% funded by Capital Grant
12 month building project
Opened 24th November 2014
Serving the whole population by empowering people to help each other
Opening up to reach out
Social enterprise through commercial and community development
Sustainable income to support the main hospice
Welcoming café serving high quality, wholesome meals
Volunteers providing basic emotional support to bereaved, lonely, worried, anxious people
Information sessions with experts to plan for end of life e.g. local solicitors, civil service
An informal ‘introduction’ to the hospice
A range of activities to attract new groups of supporters – craft workshops, light exercise classes, room hire to businesses
Impact Café sales 278% up on forecast
56 people supported through advisor service Dec 14 to Mar 15
53% of those that answered the question ‘had no previous connexion with the hospice’
What would they have done if they hadn’t spoken to an advisor, of those that answered the question
40% would have done nothing or had ongoing stress/anxiety
54% said that they would have sought help from a health professional
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