As well as our patients, St. Luke’s offers comprehensive support for carers, families and friends through various service groups, one-to-one interventions and Counselling, which provides a supporting framework of information, guidance and help.
Carers’ Support Group
Our Carers’ Support Group is open to all family members, friends and neighbours who provide care for patients with life threatening illnesses.The group is held on the last Wednesday of each month (except December) from 7 – 9 pm, in the Day Hospice.
The majority of people attending St. Luke’s Day Hospice or being supported by Hospice at Home or another community service are cared for in their own homes by family, friends and neighbours. This can sometimes be without any professional support from other services.
The task of caring in this way can be very demanding, leaving little time or opportunities for a break. In addition, carers are frequently unaware of benefits or support services available in the home.
Our support meetings allow carers to talk about their own needs and offer practical information and support as well as the opportunity meet other carers and share concerns and feelings, or just relax and enjoy a social evening.
There is a range of information leaflets for carers to browse as well as support to find the information that is most needed at that time. Visiting speakers are arranged together with some lighthearted activities such as crafts and social events such as a cheese and wine evening, in addition to opportunities to relax properly by experiencing a complementary therapy such as reflexology.
Arrangements can be made for a volunteer to be at home with patients or for transport provision to enable carers to attend this group.
For further information about attending the group or referring a carer to the group please telephone St. Luke’s Hospice on 01268 524973 Monday-Friday 9-5 pm and ask to speak to the Day Hospice Secretary.Further information for carers Click here
Bereavement Support Groups:-
St. Luke’s Hospice Bereavement Support Group.
This group is facilitated by Dove Community Counselling Service and is for the newly bereaved who can access peer support and advice. Attendees are engaged in grief work as well as sharing the support of their peers within a social and safe atmosphere. A visit by our qualified staff will help you decide if the group will benefit you. Further groups may be attended by bereaved people who have spent some time in St. Luke’s Bereavement Support Group and therefore may have been bereaved for some time and now feel more able, with support, to move towards independence. The groups also facilitated by Dove Community Counselling Service and is offered as a progression from group one. if required.
The Tomorrow Club
This self help group aims to support people who have lost partners to become more independent and take up the reins of a social life safely and with confidence. This is held in the Basildon area on the 1st Friday monthly between 2pm-4pm
Lukes’ Counselling Service for Children and Young People
This group runs 3 times each year and is a 2 day non residential support programme offering exploration of grief through a range of experiential and interactive age relevant activities. This work is facilitated by the qualified and skilled staff and volunteers of Lukes Counselling Service for Children and Young People.
Lukes’ Adults Group
This group runs concurrently with the Children’s Group and allows parents, grandparents or main carers to explore their own grief while understanding the experience their child/children are undergoing and learning strategies that will best help them cope with their grief.
This self help group aims to support people who have lost partners to become more independent and take up the reins of a social life safely and with confidence. This is held in the Grays area on the 3rd Thursday of every month between 10am and 12.
Walking with Nature
A monthly ‘Walking Group’ supporting people who have used or are using Hospice services, the group is also open to the friends and family of service users. Walking in a group is a great way to start and stay motivated. Sharing stories, having a laugh and making friends are just as important as feeling healthy and getting into shape. The group walk encourages people to walk at their own pace with us through Langdon Hills Country Park on a monthly basis, come rain or shine, for about an hour. The walking group aims to help our bereaved clients make new friends, encourage each other, develop a network of supportive fellow walkers and discover new walks in and around the local area. It also aims to support our patients in rehabilitation after long term illness or following an operation or treatment.
Walking With Nature Group meet at the Information Centre, (upper car park), One Tree Hill at 9.45am on the last Tuesday of each month: No need to book just turn up: For more information contact our Dove Community Counselling Service on 01277 655039.
Cancer Support Groups :-
Coffee, Cake & Connecting
A monthly day time group, for people that are living with or affected by cancer. Held on the third Monday of each month 9.30 to 11.30 am at the Haywain, Fobbing , SS17 9NR: For further information telephone 01375 648170 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The ABC Group
A monthly evening group, for people age 18+ that are living with or affected by cancer. Held on the third Wednesday of each month 7.30pm to 9pm at ‘Reids’ Bar, Billericay CM12 9LD. : For further information telephone 01375 648170 or e-mail email@example.com
The Clan Club
A family monthly support group for children and young people , age 6 to 19 who are having or have had treatment for cancer. (their brothers and sisters age 6 to 19 are also welcome to attend) Meeting on the second Monday of each month 6pm to 8pm at St. Luke’s House Corringham, SS17 9AL: Providing an opportunity for families to relax with friends, enjoy a pizza supper and a range of activities including arts and crafts, games – Whilst parents and carers also have the opportunity to chat to professionals. : For further information telephone 01375 648170 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org