Information Hub and Support Services | St Joseph's Hospice

Information Hub and Support Services

St Joseph’s Hospice hosts an information service (called the Information Hub). This service is available to anyone affected by a long-term, serious or life-limiting condition, and also supports carers, family members,
health and social care professional and the general public.

Our literature advises and informs on:

• specific conditions (including Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Motor Neurone
Disease (MND), Cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
(COPD), Heart Failure, Alzheimer’s/Dementia and Parkinson’s)
• treatments and side effects
• local services and support
• health and well-being
• end-of-life and Hospice care
• support in the home
• welfare and benefits.

How to access the service
The Information Hub is available as a drop-in service where you can browse information leaflets that you’re able to take away with you. There will also be signposting to other services that may be able to help you.

The Macmillan Live Well Information and Support Service (LWISS)

The Macmillan LWISS offers peer support groups for people affected by cancer, other life-limiting illnesses and those that are bereaved.  The groups currently on offer are:

This group is for all men affected by cancer and gives them a chance to meet with other men in a similar situation. Sessions include picking up tips on healthy eating, exercise, dealing with fatigue and lots more. The group runs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month and is held at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney.

For more information, contact Beverley John: 020 8525 3223 /

This group is open to all women affected by cancer. It provides a safe space to share their experience of cancer and to connect with others going through a similar experience.  It will also provide an opportunity to engage in different activities and to focus on how to increase their wellbeing. The group runs on the last Wednesday of the month and is held at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney.

For more information, contact Genevieve Repino: 020 8525 3220 /

This group is open to anyone who is bereaved and offers a welcomed opportunity to meet new people going through a similar experience and share life’s up and downs. Members are welcome to bring a friend or family member initially to the group,  that is held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in Poplar, Tower Hamlets.

For more information, contact Beverley John: 020 8525 3223 /

This is an informal social group for hospice patients over the age of 65 with a life-limiting illness and takes place on the last Tuesday of each month. It is a volunteer-led social group, which includes sharing experiences, group activities, such as, games, and complementary therapies.

For more information, contact Genevieve Repino: 020 8525 3220 /

The Macmillan LWISS also offer the Macmillan HOPE course (Help to Overcome Problems Effectively). This is a six week supported self-management programme, to help people affected by cancer gain the skills to better manage their condition. The course is designed for people who are receiving treatment, or at the post-treatment stage. There is also a shorter version of the course for carers.

HOPE sessions each lasts 2½ hours and equips participants with the skills and strategies to help them manage different practical and emotional aspects of their illness (e.g. positive living with a life-limiting illness, goal setting and achievement, problem solving, self-confidence, gratitude and personal strength exercises, fatigue and relaxation techniques).

If you are interested in attending the course, please contact the team on 020 8525 3220.

*Please note this service is open to people living in City & Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham. A referral from a Health or Social Care Professional or a self-referral is required to access this service.


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Supportive Care at St Joseph's Hospice

At St Joseph’s Hospice, we support our patients with more than just the physical symptoms of their illness. We also consider the emotional, psychological, financial, social and practical impact of illness on our patients, their family (including children) and their friends and carers.

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