What we do
St Mary’s provides Living Well Groups for patients and their loved ones on a regular basis. The programme focuses on practical tools and techniques
to help people cope with illness and enhance their wellbeing. The Living Well programme is run by Jenny Stalker, Carol Coskin, Dawn Dougherty
and Caroline Glading, and a wonderful group of volunteers. We are delivering the groups at the Hospice, in Barrow, in Millom and also in Coniston
for patients and for carers too.
What happens in these groups?
Each session brings together people facing similar challenges. There are discussions on subjects including symptom management, sharing stories,
tips and advice. Everyone is invited to share their experiences.There is also gentle exercise designed to make people feel more energised.
We also offer Complementary Therapies including aromatherapy, body massage, reflexology, therapeutic massage, relaxation, meditation and Tai Chi.
Please visit our website for more details, better still come and join us!
Don’t just take our word for it!
“My confidence has increased by taking the step to meet new people. My health has improved a great deal… By following the routine of
relaxing I find it easier to look after myself – cooking meals, washing, cleaning. I no longer have carers to help. My mood has changed and
I understand myself better and can support and help those around me. I look forward to my visits.”
“It helps to slow my mind down, it can feel like a washing machine at times. I always feel so much better when I’ve been. Caroline has the heartiest
laugh! It’s lovely to hear.”
“When Tai Chi started I was very sceptical. We were hardly moving. Then I realised I could move my shoulders and breath better. I’ve gone down
a dress size, lost weight, my back’s better. I’d recommend it to everyone. I’ve shared what I’ve learnt to help my family too.”
“I have nothing but praise it makes us laugh! I notice a difference all the class – we’re all smiling and with our heads up.”
Your feedback is important to help us continually improve what we do
How can I get referred?
If you could benefit from this or know someone who could please get in touch on 01229 580305, or speak to your Consultant, GP or Specialist Nurse.
What’s it like volunteering and how can I get involved?
The sessions are supported by volunteers. Suzanne Bickle has been volunteering with the group since January 2015: “It’s so good to see how the
groups benefit everyone. I think it helps so much for people to know they are not on their own and I can bring my experience - from someone
who has really been there too. I am helping but I am getting something out of it too. I feel like I’ve made a difference. The feedback we get
means a lot.”
If you are interested in volunteering for these groups please contact our Volunteering team on 01229 580305 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on our Living Well programme please contact us on 01229 580305.
Living Well Centre coming to Barrow
Our new Living Well Centre in the heart of Barrow is set to open this Autumn. Val Stangoe, St Mary’s Chief Executive (pictured below): “Over
the last three years we have increased the services available across our community and now deliver Living Well Programmes in Coniston, Millom,
Barrow, Ambleside and Grange as well as Ulverston. As currently 40% of those using St Mary’s Hospice services come from Barrow, and Barrow
is the largest town locally, we decided it was the right time to offer more services in Barrow.” Find out more on our latest news.
To help shape our services we are asking our community and our healthcare professionals for their feedback. Simply click on these links if you would like to contribute your views. Keep visiting our website and facebook for the