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I’ve been at Hospice UK for the past 17 years. It sounds cliché I know, but I’ve been doing this job for so long because I’m motivated to know that what I’m doing makes a difference to people’s lives. At Hospice UK, we believe that whoever you are, wherever you are, and whatever your condition, you deserve the best possible care at the end of life.

 

Hospice care isn’t just about supporting someone at the end of their life, it’s also about supporting their friends and families, so it makes sense that hospices would play a role in offering support after their loved one has died. Grief and loss are a fact of life, and we can’t get away from that. Whilst some people are able to get the support they need through their own social network, other people do need additional help, and that’s where hospices can step in.

 

With the number of expected deaths set to increase in coming years, it is vital that hospices are prepared to meet the needs of bereaved people. Our partnership with the MCF is a significant development in the improvement of hospice care throughout England and Wales.

Karl, Head of Grants at Hospice UK

Our Impact

Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Bereavement Help Points in Cheshire This grant is helping the Hospice of the Good Shepherd to establish informal drop-in sessions in communities across Cheshire. These Bereavement Help Points offer a wide range of assistance; including emotional peer support, advice from trained volunteers, and printed resources to take away. They began work on the project in…

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St Elizabeth Hospice

This grant helped St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich to work with primary and secondary schools to improve support for pupils following bereavement. By giving teachers the skills to respond to their pupils’ grief early on, the project aims to prevent long-term difficulties in emotional well-being. Bereavement training for schools In September 2019 the Emotional Wellbeing…

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Bolton Hospice

Specialist training for local teachers The grant allowed the Bolton Hospice education team to develop specialist training for local teachers to support teenagers going through a bereavement. The training will help to improve the experience of teenagers dealing with loss, grief and bereavement, providing school staff with the knowledge and skills they need to support…

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Dogs for Good

Studies show that dogs have a profoundly positive effect on children with autism and can help the child to develop skills that increase independence and quality of life. The PAWS (Parents Autism Workshops and Support) project help parents of children with autism find (if they don’t already have a dog) and train a dog to…

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