Social group

Social group for anyone who is being supported by, or has an open referral to, the Living Well Service.

An opportunity to meet with others in a relaxed environment, with time to chat, play games, listen to speaker presentations, and much more.

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More about the Social Group

You are welcomed to attend if you are:

  • attending an eight-week programme with Living Well, or
  • are in between programmes, or
  • receiving support from the Caring Communities Volunteer Support Scheme

You can also use the group to stay in touch with our hospice community while you are transferred to the Specialist Palliative Care Home Team or other Arthur Rank Hospice services.

The groups are facilitated by two healthcare assistants and a volunteer, so there is no medical or nursing support – meaning that there are some limitations on who can attend (see below).

Limitations of the group

  • As there will be no clinical staff in attendance at our in-person meetings, we ask that only people who are independently mobile and able to use the toilet (with or without a walking aid or help from your own carer) attend
  • There are no such restrictions on who can attend our Zoom meetings
  • We realise not everyone will be able to join us face-to-face. We are awaiting technology that will allow people to ‘Zoom in’ to our fortnightly face-to-face meetings, but we cannot promise this will be available for the social group
  • We regret we are not in a position to offer transport. We can provide a list of community transport schemes you could contact

The zoom meetings have been a godsend to me. It’s so much fun – I really look forward to it. It’s the highlight of my week!

March, 2022

FAQ's

What are the meetings like?

We typically start with half an hour for a catch-up. There is no pressure to speak, though if you are very quiet, we may just check in on you in case you want to say something but haven’t found a moment to say it.

We then usually have some more structured activity. We might have a guest speaker or a virtual ‘tour’ somewhere, a game, or a quiz. We are open to your suggestions as what you would like to do too, so please let us know!

There is usually time for a bit more of a general chat at the end of the meeting.

We meet every other Wednesday, from 2:00pm – 3:30pm.

The first Wednesday in the month we meet in-person, at Arthur Rank Hospice in the Living Well Service Lounge. The alternate Wednesday is an online meeting using the Zoom platform.

Face-to-face meetings

Because of social distancing rules we have, for now, to limit the number of people attending face to face meetings to ten. We hope to extend this to 16 as soon as possible. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Online, Zoom meetings

There is no limit to the number of people that can attend our Zoom meetings.

For Zoom sessions, you will automatically be sent invitations to the group. You can simply click on the invitation link to join the online Zoom meetings.

To attend our face-to-face meetings, you need to let us know beforehand, so we can make sure we don’t exceed our maximum number of people attending.

You can contact us on 01223 675820 or email livingwell.service@arhc.org.uk to book your place

If you do not know how to use Zoom platform, we can help you get started.

You can contact us on 01223 675820 or email livingwell.service@arhc.org.uk

You may find this guide useful too. Download the Zoom Installation Guide HERE

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Brooke Bond

Brooke has been working in the Hospice’s Living Well Service as an Administrator since June 2020. She loved the environment of the Hospice and wanted more contact with patients and their families that she also started working as a Healthcare Assistant in June 2021. She loves the patient facing elements of both her roles and enjoys building relationships through the Social Group and the Carers Group.