We have lots of great activities that you can get involved in, and here are a selection that are currently available:
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.
We understand and recognise that a life-limiting illness can be an extremely stressful part of patients and carers’ lives together. This four-week programme has been specially designed to help you and your carer live life to the full. After an initial assessment of your needs, you can attend a course at one of our Outreach Centres, and learn about:
- energy conservation
- complementary therapies
- managing breathlessness.
- appropriate exercise
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. Produce is shared among the group, and used in the occupational therapy ‘Eat, cook and share’ group and our kitchen in Winsley.
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).