Compassionate Communities

We are delighted to launch our new Compassionate Communities Team in February 2024.

Compassionate Communities is an international approach focused on encouraging and supporting communities in developing ease around discussions of death, dying, and grief. The approach involves a shift away from formal services being ‘provided for’ people to communities being empowered to support themselves alongside and in partnership with established services such as those provided by St Mary’s Hospice.

At St Mary’s, we believe by connecting and supporting people, communities, and organisations to harness the power of compassion, we will create a happier and healthier community.

There is already so much wonderful community support available in Furness and South Lakes, often from charities, community groups, and councils, tackling huge issues like loneliness and social isolation. We want to make sure that there’s also support on hand for people and their families in the last year of their life or those with a long-term serious illness who aren’t going to get better (palliative care).

Our aim is to:

· Build meaningful relationships with our communities, understanding and working to break down the barriers to accessing Hospice services.

· Open up conversations about death, dying, and loss- for example, through events and death cafés

· Work in collaboration with the whole community – connecting with other groups, organisations, networks, and local services

· Deliver community education packages to support awareness and understanding of hospice services as well as sharing knowledge and skills to enable people to support one another.



Meet the team!

Name: Lynsey Lawson

Role- Compassionate Community Team Lead

I joined the St Mary’s Hospice team in August 2023, and I am delighted to lead the Compassionate Community Service, which consists of our Family Support and Bereavement Team, Living Well Team, and Dementia Team.

Since qualifying as a Social Worker in 2005, I have worked in various roles within both the Statutory and Voluntary sector throughout Cumbria, including working as a Social Worker at St Mary’s Hospice and leading the Family Support Team from 2016 to 2019.

My passion for palliative practice and the work of St Mary’s Hospice remains as strong as ever, and I was honored to return to be part of the team again earlier this year. I believe that through partnerships, innovative thinking, and listening to our community, we can ensure that Hospice services and accessible for all.

Name: Ange Mason

Role: Compassionate Community Nurse Coordinator

I have been a qualified nurse for 30 years.

For the past 24 years, I have been a part of St Mary’s Hospice as a registered nurse and then as manager on the inpatient Unit and H@H, caring for people with life limiting conditions whilst supporting their loved ones.

I have recently joined St Mary’s Hospice Community Hub in Barrow as a Compassionate Community Nurse Coordinator.

I will be working alongside colleagues here and in the community to provide support, education, and understanding of how the Hospice can help all areas of our community, the people who live here, and to reach those who would not normally think that the Hospice is for them.

Community Education and Workshops

Hospice Heads Up “Debunking the Myths of Hospice Care”

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No Barriers Here Workshops

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Last Days Matter Coming soon!

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Compassionate Connections Newsletter - Keep our community updated

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Dying Matters Event

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Community Links

Our focus is to build and strengthen relationships within our community.

Station View Work

We are currently working alongside the staff and residents at Station View through providing Monthly Hospice wellbeing events that provide residents the opportunity to find out about the support services available at St Marys Hospice and experience some of our group programs and therapeutic activities.


St Mary's Hospice Community Choir

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