Our team provides a group wellbeing programme at our Outreach centres, called COPE. For more information, see COPE page.
Additionally, our occupational therapists provide life skills groups for patients and carers including:
- Incredible Edible: ‘Plot to plate’ group at our community allotment.
- Cook Eat Share: Basic cookery over four weekly sessions.
At our community allotment in Trowbridge we grow a variety of vegetables, fruit and edible flowers. Please join in the fun – everyone’s welcome. The site has raised beds, paths that make the plot accessible to everyone, and a club hut for refreshments. Our allotment group also tends to plots at our Trowbridge outreach centre, Springfield community centre in Corsham and our herb bed at the Dorothy House hospice, Winsley. Produce grown is shared among the group, and this year we will be linking with Alzheimer's Wiltshire to supply our excess veg to their day centre in Trowbridge.
The Carers’ Support Group is an informal meeting of carers (pre-bereavement) to discuss and share experiences and so provide mutual support. There is no set agenda, the meeting is shaped by the people attending. The social worker’s input ensures the event runs smoothly and that everyone has the opportunity to participate. The group meets at Winsley on alternate Wednesdays, 12.30 – 2pm, over a sandwich lunch. Referral is to the Family Support Team: a social worker will contact the carer prior to attendance. If needed, we try to arrange volunteer transport and/or a volunteer companion to sit with the patient to enable the carer to attend.
An informal and friendly ‘drop in’ run by trained hospice staff, for people affected by the diagnosis of a life-limiting condition. This is a service for patients, family members, friends, or someone who has experienced a bereavement.
Patients can be referred for individual care where they meet the Dorothy House criteria for palliative care, and require specialist palliative care skills to meet their needs. Criteria for groupwork varies for each programme. https://www.dorothyhouse.org.uk/our-services/individual-care/therapies-treatments/cope/ This is a group programme aiming to provide information and tools to enable patients to live well and continue doing things that are important to them. Patients are invited to bring a carer, relative or friend with them to the sessions. After an initial assessment, you can attend a course at one of our Outreach Centres and learn about topics including:
- Fatigue management and energy conservation.
- Breathlessness management.
- Food and diet.
- Physical exercise.
Friends in Grief (FIG) is a community based drop-in service where all people who are bereaved are welcome, where you can talk with others who may be experiencing similar thoughts and feelings, in an informal and supportive setting. • Free of charge and no need to book, just come along
A new support group for patients to work creatively in a group setting offering the opportunity to:
- Rebuild confidence and independence
- Learn new skills
- Explore difficult emotions
- Make new friends
- Have an introduction to Dorothy House
- Experience diversion
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese practice enhancing wellbeing through gentle stretching and breathing exercises, either standing or sitting. It can help to relieve stress and improve energy levels. It requires minimal flexibility and you don’t need to be aerobically fit to take part.
If you are interested in learning some new skills, meeting new friends and raising funds for Dorothy House then the Sewing Bee group is the place for you. All materials are provided, the course is free of charge and anything made will be sold at Dorothy House fundraising events.
A relaxed and informal group, singing well known songs together as a group, followed by refreshments. This is open to anyone affected by a life-limiting condition.
An informal and friendly afternoon ‘drop in’ for people who have been bereaved and feel they could benefit from some ongoing support. It doesn't matter how long ago you were bereaved, we know that weekends can be a hard time for some, so come and meet others who are going through a similar experience. Pop in as a one-off or attend as many times as you like, you will always be welcome. The emphasis is on mutual support and offering help to one another in a relaxed and safe environment. The group is led by two of our experienced hospice staff and meets once a month in the cafe areas of the Outreach Centres. Tea, coffee and cakes are available.
Time Out For You (TOFY) is a social group for patients who are unable to get out of the house and would benefit from the fortnightly sessions of group activities. The sessions offer an ever-changing activity itinerary including games, entertainment, craft etc. The group is run by our experienced Day Patient Services Team. For further information please call our Clinical Coordination Centre on 0345 0130 555 (Monday-Friday, 8-6pm; Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm).