Our care and support

Being there for the journey

The Supportive Care team

Being there for the journey

When someone listens without making judgements, a new clarity and self understanding emerges and people begin to discover what they need to sustain them in the most difficult of circumstances.

Through counselling, spiritual care, self help techniques and group work, the Supportive Care team has offered men, women, children, and families the time and space to look at what is happening in their lives and an opportunity to explore what it means for them.

Diagnosis of a life-limiting illness can cause a storm in the lives of everyone involved; affecting the patient, their family, friends, and children. There is a range of support available to support those along their journey.

Service delivery

One to One Support

Everyone known to the hospice has the opportunity for one to one support and/or is able to join the patients, carers, or bereavement groups. Whether individually or with a group, those attending have the space to explore and express feelings, ideas, thoughts and concerns that may be difficult to share elsewhere.

(for patients, family, and carers)

Support for Children

At School, at home, or at the hospice; one to one support is offered to support children. Children are encouraged to explore and express themselves through talking, painting, drawing, or play.

'It’s Friday' drop-in

Every Friday from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm patients, their families, friends, and carers are welcome at Deer Park for the 'It's Friday' drop-in. This informal time is an opportunity to come and relax and meet with others, enjoy the gardens, spend time in the art room, and use the opportunity for one to one support if needed. Tea, coffee and light refreshments are available, and you are more than welcome to join us in the Terrace Cafe afterwards.

(for patients, carers, families, and friends)


'Look Good, Feel Great' (for patients) and 'Pamper Days' (for carers)

To help boost morale, 'Look Good, Feel Great' is available to patients and 'Pamper Days' for carers. Treatments include hand/foot massage, manicures, coping with hair loss, hairdressing, facials, and tips on make-up and wearing accessories.

'Staying Steady' sessions

Offered to patients and carers, 'Staying Steady' sessions teach the art of relaxation. Learning these skills can release and reduce tension, calm the mind, improve physical balance, sleep, and the ability to deal with stressful situations.

(for patients and carers)

'Questions & Answers' sessions

Invited professionals discuss topics such as nutrition, managing at home, and benefits.

(for patients and carers)

Complementary Therapy

Complementary Therapy treatments can be provided for patients and carers from the treatment rooms at Deer Park. The treatments include aromatherapy massage, Reiki healing, Indian head massage, and reflexology.

(for patients and carers)

Pastoral and Spiritual Care

Inherently present throughout all the Supportive Care work is an awareness of people's pastoral and spiritual needs. The team provides a flexible presence to respond as and when the need arises, and when required. Our Chaplain, Ben Luck, is also on hand to support people of all faiths, and also of none.

(for patients, carers, and the bereaved)

How to be referred
Please ask your GP to be referred to North Devon Hospice for their Supportive Care services

Service location
We deliver Supportive Care services at a range of locations.  We have a team of trainined counsellors who work from Deer Park, offering time to talk in a relaxed and quiet rooms.  We also have people who work out in the community.  For example, our children's counsellor will visit bereaved children at home or at School.

Contact us
Mandy Redgrove, Head of Supportive Care
mandyredgrove@northdevonhospice.org.uk / 01271 344248  

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