Latest Launch of new Community Hub

A fantastic new outreach service, taking information, support and advice into the community.

Willow Wood is proud to announce the latest development in their care; a mobile Community Hub which will bring information and support to the people of Tameside and Glossop in their local town centres.

Recent studies have shown that one in four people in the UK with life-limiting conditions are not receiving crucial care and support.The Community Hub aims to help address that by offering information, support and advice on our specialised services and how to access them.

Many people are not aware that, for example, they can self-refer to the START Clinic, which offers complementary therapies, men’s and women’s support groups, physiotherapy and much more to both patients and to their carers.The Hub will also address the misconception that Willow Wood is just for cancer patients.Willow Wood is here for those with heart and lung conditions, neurological conditions such as motor neurone disease or multiple sclerosis and other life-limiting illnesses.

The Community Hub has been fitted out to Willow Wood’s specifications.There is plenty of room for visitors to sit and chat about our services to Derek Thompson, our new support worker and driver.Derek, an ex-paramedic, is looking forward to the opportunity to meet people and let them know more about what Willow Wood can offer to them and their families.There is also a private cubicle for confidential discussions and possible future consultations as the service develops.

This addition to our services has only been made possible by the generosity of the Cheshire Freemasons, who have long supported the Hospice.When they heard Willow Wood was looking to buy and equip an outreach vehicle they didn’t hesitate to donate £25,000, which has covered over 90% of the costs

Karen Vallantine, head of clinical services said “It can be difficult to make people aware of the range of services and support we offer.By having this Willow Wood Community Hub we will be able to reach out to those who may not have been able to access information by more traditional methods.We are very excited about this extension of our services and so very, very grateful to the Cheshire Freemasons for helping us to achieve it”.

The Community Hub was officially launched at 11am on 13 September with a special presentation of the project to senior members of the Freemasons, local dignitaries and other interested parties. Colin Ross, the Provincial Grand Charity Steward was pleased to cut the ribbon and declare it open!

The Hub will be out and about throughout Tameside and Glossop during 2018. We'll be keeping you up to date with the timetable in the New Year.

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