Information Hub and Support Services | St Joseph's Hospice

Information Hub and Support Services

St Joseph’s Hospice hosts an information hub which provides free literature on all aspects of living with a long-term, serious or life-limiting condition. It also provides information on external support available to patients, their carers and family members.

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 at all times and the information leaflets can be taken away. There will also be signposting information to other services that may be able to support you.

Peer Support Groups
The Hospice supports or hosts a number of peer support groups for people affected by cancer, other life-limiting illnesses and those that are bereaved.  The groups currently on offer are:

MEN vs CANCER GROUP
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 meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 2 -4pm at the Salvation Army, Blackhurst Hall (next door to the Hospice). For more information please contact madhu.agarwal@nhs.net

WOMEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
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 meets on the last Wednesday of the month and is held at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney.
For more information, contact g.repino@stjh.org.uk

APPLE BLOSSOM BEREAVEMENT GROUP
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 g.repino@stjh.org.uk

SHARE, SUPPORT AND SOCIALISE GROUP
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 g.repino@stjh.org.uk

HOPE COURSE
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 Education Team on 020 8525 6072 or k.daley@stjh.org.uk 

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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