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Patients group support and events

Patients group support and events

Offering a range of support that suits your needs

During the coronavirus pandemic, we are still caring but we have had to put face-to-face sessions on hold for your own wellbeing. You are able to access a range of emotional support from the counselling team via telephone or Zoom calls. We have been running Patients Group, In the Making and Mindfulness & Meditation sessions very successfully in this way. You can also find information and activities that are related to the group support that we offer on the One Day at a Time section of the website, as well as other topics that you may find helpful.


Throughout the year, the hospice's Supportive Care team organises various support groups, events, activities and information sessions that help people through these difficult times. These are aimed at patients, family members and often both together. There is practical help and emotional support, as well as more informal sessions which allow people to enjoy each other's company, giving a sense of belonging and helping them to feel that they are not alone. Many of our sessions have been offered in response to specific requests, so we can be flexible in how we support you.

By providing a wide range of different sessions, each person can select what is most likely to meet their individual needs. These sessions have included:

Patients Group - A facilitated group session where patients can come together to share experiences, feelings and concerns.

In the Making - 

Mindfulness & Meditation - Mindfulness is about learning to pay affectionate and wise attention to everything in the present moment. Studies show that it can help with stress, anxiety and even pain relief. We offer a fortnightly session where attendees are guided through mindfulness and meditation practices. The session is open to anyone connected to the hospice. 

Planning ahead - Support and information to help you have conversations about your wishes regarding where and how you would like to be cared for at the end of life and letting family know your wishes for your funeral.

Fatigue & breathlessness sessions - Giving advice and techniques to help people cope with common symptoms of a life-limiting illness.

Gentle exercise - Enjoying a sense of wellbeing through gentle exercise such as yoga or Pilates.

Wellbeing days - Relaxing days where we offer anything from hairdressing and manicures to massage or even a wet shave for gents with hot towels and everything! Some well-deserved 'me' time.

Singing workshops - A great way of expressing yourself and finding joy, whether you consider yourself a singer or not!

Supporting young people - Talking about how best to support young people in the family, and what to say to them at this time.

Gatherings and Events - We regularly arrange opportunities for patients and their families to attend an event, a time for you to get to know us and each other and introduce members of your family to the hospice. Previous examples of this have been a barbecue, a picnic, a Mad Hatter's tea party and an Easter Egg Roll, to name just a few.

Introductory Visit - We know it can be hard to attend the hospice for the first time, so Supportive Care like to invite you, and those close to you, to come to an Introductory session, where we can tell you about some of the support we offer and can show you around the therapy rooms, art rooms and other spaces. Stay for lunch and get to know other members of the hospice community and let us know what groups or therapies you would like to take part in.

How to be referred
If you are already a hospice patient, and would like to know more about group support, please speak to one of the people involved in your care about what is available, or call the Supportive Care team on 01271 347225. Otherwise, to access this or any of North Devon Hospice's care and support, please ask your GP to make a referral to North Devon Hospice.   

Service location
Sessions are held at North Devon Hospice's main site in Barnstaple and at The Long House, our outreach centre in Holsworthy. 
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Transport
For those who would find it difficult to travel to our main site at Deer Park in Barnstaple or The Long House in Holsworthy, our team of volunteer drivers are usually available to provide transport. All our services, including transport, are provided completely free of charge.