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Hospice welcomes new Community Connector Team
In recent weeks St Nic’s has welcomed on board more members of its newly formed Community Connector Team.
The team consists of a Lead Hospice Community Connector (Bernie Ryan-Self) and three Hospice Community Connectors (Sara Burton, Nicky Letch and Rhonda Waters) who will be collaboratively working within the West Suffolk and Thetford area.
The team will be linking internally within St Nicholas Hospice Care and externally with local partnerships both statutory and voluntary sectors to co-create compassionate communities through an ‘Asset Based Community Development’ model.
As a team, they will be focusing on the value of community groups and assets, and hope to offer support to enable people to build or rebuild friendships, community connections and a sense of belonging, as well as accessing existing services.
At the centre of their work is the wish to develop understanding of the inter-relation of new public health approaches to end of life. A public health approach to palliative care is a health promotion approach to end of life care, one that views the community as an equal partner in providing quality health care at the end of life.
During their first few months, the team will be focusing on identifying community allies, making connections with as many people as we can, and mapping out the strengths within our communities.
The team come with a wealth of experience in supporting people in their homes living with long-term health conditions, those facing end of life, bereavement and loss across the Suffolk area.
They’ll be working closely with our colleagues in the charity’s Hospice Neighbour Team – to continue to look at ways to offer localised support networks.
If you’d like to get in touch with the team, please email email@example.com or telephone 01284 719638 (this number is shared with Hospice Neighbours).