What is a Hospice? – A new accessible information film

We’ve come a long way since we started our accessible information project last year – today we are proud to announce the launch of our new film, ‘What is a Hospice?’

It all began after we co-hosted small groups of people with learning disabilities with a Tower Hamlets learning Disabilities nurse. However, despite them having a great time, they left at the end of the day not fully understanding what a hospice is or who it is for.

We recognised that there was a real need for information that was clear, accessible and easy to understand. So we looked at developing our own bespoke ‘Easy Read’ information for the Hospice. Easy Read documents usually combine short, jargon-free sentences with simple, clear images to help explain the content. It is principally used to help the 1.5 million people who have a learning disability in the UK but can also be suitable for people who may struggle to access conventional service literature for other reasons.

Over a period of 6 months we worked with the ‘Empowering Voices‘ user group , part of Create Day Centre in Tower Hamlets, to develop a suite of accessible information. We now have a range of Easy Read leaflets, in print form and on our website, with voice recording and the option to view in any language.

Today we launched our new accessible information film, “What is a Hospice?” featuring the very talented Justin Melluish, an actor with Downs Syndrome, as we join him on a tour of the hospice to find out what it is and what it can offer people with a life-limiting illness.

The film is light-hearted and warm and although it covers a difficult subject it is friendly and informative.

The film also incorporates British Sign Language and subtitles and can be found on our website, in the Easy Read section, just click on Video.

Enjoy the film!