Preston social support groups
Information and contact details for social support groups in Preston
Our Compassionate Communities approach is to empower people and communities in Central Lancashire to help themselves and each other, through palliative or end of life care and bereavement.
Compassionate communities happen when a network of local people and organisations (community groups, schools, employers, places of worship and public services) come together to support those with a life-shortening illness, are approaching the end of life or are bereaved.
Working with partners, the St Catherine’s Hospice Compassionate Communities project aims to strengthen communities of understanding and support, for people undergoing the experiences of death, caring, dying and loss across Central Lancashire.
There is already so much wonderful community support available in Preston, South Ribble and Chorley, often from charities, community groups and councils, tackling huge issues like loneliness and social isolation. We want to make sure that there’s also support on hand for people and their families in the last year of their life, or those with a long-term serious illness who aren’t going to get better (palliative care).
An overview of our first 12 months’ journey working with partners, volunteers and hospice teams, to help help empower people and communities to support each other and talk about death, dying and loss.
We want people to feel as supported at the end of life, as they do in the rest of their lives
Community support for someone who is living with serious illness, loss and grief, is so important and can make all the difference. People need their neighbours, colleagues, friends and family around them. So we want to help connect people, empowering our communities with the knowledge, skills and confidence to know what to say and how to reach out to others who may be going through a difficult time. Read on to find out more about the St Catherine’s Compassionate Communities team – from bereavement cafes to free training and more.
To get in touch with the team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01772 629171.
Talking about death doesn’t make it happen any faster. In fact, it is never too early to start discussing what you’d like to happen at the end of your life. Death and dying is everyone’s business, so we can all do our bit to help and support each other. A good start is feeling more comfortable talking about it at our community events.
People often want to support others who are going through difficult times of serious illness and loss, but don’t know what to say. Our free two-hour awareness-raising session helps to build the skills and confidence to enable open, honest and sensitive conversations around end-of-life, loss and bereavement, while identifying ways to help and support others. Free to community groups and volunteers, please get in touch with the team to find out more, or to book a session.
A huge thanks to our Compassionate Community colleagues at St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth, and St Elizabeth’s Hospice in Ipswich, for kindly sharing their training, for the benefit of communities in Central Lancashire.
Last Days Matter
A free half-day training course for anyone who’d like to know more about death and dying, how to make plans for the end of your life, what to expect when someone is dying, what happens after someone dies, and how to best support those left behind who may be grieving and need help and friendship. Courses run once a month and anyone is welcome to attend. Please get in touch via the contact details above to find out more or to book a session.
Please note, due to the subject content, this can be a highly emotional session but is run in a safe space by kind professionals, to offer advice and help you to think about what will help you or your loved ones in your final months, weeks and days.
Many thanks to our generous colleagues at St John’s Hospice in Lancaster, who developed this bespoke training, to benefit people and their loved ones at such an important time of their lives.
What music would you like at your funeral? Do you want to be buried or cremated? What do you want your coffin to be made out of? Do you want people to wear black or a riot of colour?
Being prepared for the end of your life is more than having funeral plans in place. Have you arranged power of attorney? Do your friends and loved ones what your wishes are?
It’s never too early to make plans. There are lots of useful resources, to help you start planning, on our website.
Living Well Hub
The Living Well Hub is a free monthly drop-in offering advice and information to all, held on the first Wednesday of the month, 10am-11.30am, upstairs at The Mill cafe in the hospice grounds.
For people living with serious illness or in the last 12 months of life and their family, the Living Well Hub provides a chance to speak with local experts and professionals, covering issues such as legal, financial, wills, benefits and more.
You can also access wellbeing tips, general advice around palliative and end of life care and support, information about local support groups including bereavement support, practical ideas for managing breathlessness, fatigue, and stress, and techniques for improved sleep and relaxation. For more information, please visit the Mill’s website.
The majority of bereaved people get by with a bit of help from their friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and community. Compassionate communities want to empower people to support each other, and increase confidence for people to feel they are saying the right things, and not making things worse.
Bereavement Cafes – peer-support
Bereavement Cafes are usually held in an existing café, community centre or hub on a monthly basis. It is a safe and welcoming place, with lots of shoulders to cry on and people in the same boat. People may just want to talk about their loved ones and reminisce. If you want a friendly listening ear and a brew, please come to one of our monthly pop-up bereavement cafes. We are starting in Leyland and Chorley, but hope to offer more, with the help of amazing café owners, community groups and volunteers.
Not so much about bereavement and grief specifically, you can join our weekly Talkin’ Table at the Mill Café for a warm welcome and chat, meet other people who are keen to make new friends and get out and about a bit more. Every Tuesday, 10am-11am.
Carers’ and Bereavement support at the hospice
The St Catherine’s Support Team runs monthly drop-ins that are open to everyone. You don’t need to be known to the hospice, simply some along and meet with like-minded people to share experiences and advice.
To see more useful resources for everyone in our community – particularly carers or the bereaved, please click here
Information and contact details for social support groups in Preston
Information and contact details for social support groups in South Ribble
Information and contact details for social support groups in Chorley
Information and contact details for bereavement support and support groups open to all in Preston, South Ribble, and Chorley
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