Royal Trinity Hospice, in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, has launched a new programme of wellbeing activities to support people living with progressive, life-limiting illnesses and their families/carers in central and southwest London. Trinity will be developing a range of activities and groups for patients and carers over the two year pilot to provide greater peer support, to empower people to better manage their own health and to promote earlier access to hospice services.

This Autumn, the service will launch 3 new activities for patients and carers. On Tuesday 20th October, the service launched its Relaxation Group which explores different techniques to help relaxation and reduce anxiety. The Living Well Group begins on Wednesday 4th November and is a seven week programme involving exercise, relaxation and other techniques to better manage symptoms and feelings. A Feel Good Day will be held on Friday 13th November, delivered in partnership with My-Makeover and Lee Pycroft, designed to let participants relax, meet others and be made to feel their best.

All services are being developed in conjunction with patients, carers and professionals in the area. Other services which are under development in response to demand include yoga, dementia support and coffee mornings.

Martin Powell, Director of Patient Services at Trinity said ‘All too often hospices are associated with death and dying rather than how we support people with progressive, life-limiting illnesses to live life to the full. Our Wellbeing Programme is designed for people who may benefit from relaxation, advice or just meeting others in a similar situation. We never underestimate the impact of caring for someone who is very ill, which is why the Wellbeing Programme is open to friends and families too.’

David Seychell, Macmillan Development Manager said 'We are proud to be working together with Royal Trinity Hospice in providing support for people living with progressive, life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers. Patients often tell us they feel isolated and alone because of their illness. Macmillan is working with others to stop this from happening - because no one should face cancer alone.'

The Outpatients service at Trinity already delivers a range of activities to support people living with progressive, life-limiting illnesses and their carers. Physiotherapy, complementary therapy, exercise classes, welfare benefits advice and counselling are just some of the services available at the Trinity which can help people feel better for longer and manage the practicalities associated with living with a progressive, life-limiting illness.

For more details about the services available as part of the Wellbeing Programme or to book a place, please email [email protected] or call 0207 787 1024.