This week is Dying Matters Week, which highlights the importance of communication and encouraging communities to start conversations around death, dying, and bereavement.
At Saint Michael’s, we recognise this and the vital importance of providing social, emotional, physical, practical, and spiritual support, tailored to a person’s individual needs.
Our Wellbeing Network will allow us to meet these needs. Developed in partnership with health and social care partners, voluntary community groups and care organisations across the region we will be offering a range of services from outpatient clinics to professional advice, allowing local people to access the right support, at the right time, in the right place.
As part of the Saint Michael’s Wellbeing Network, we have recently launched our Share & Support service, which offers people living with terminal illness, their families, and carers the opportunity to come together to provide each other with social and emotional support in a warm and welcoming café style environment. The sessions are facilitated by our specialist wellbeing team, which is on hand to offer additional practical and emotional or additional service signposting if needed.
The Saint Michael’s Share & Support group is open to anybody living with a terminal illness, aged 18 or over, as well as their families and carers, living within the Harrogate district. Referrals can be made by contacting the Saint Michael’s Wellbeing Network at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gemma Umpleby, Director of Strategic Services at Saint Michael’s Hospice said: "At Saint Michael's we are committed to supporting people to access social and emotional support, through our services and by accessing partner organisations. The pandemic showed us, more than ever, the importance of listening and having safe spaces to share. In response we are delighted to be expanding our wellbeing services including welcoming people back into social groups."