Author Archives: Rachel Watkins

Hospice at Home during COVID 19

  Facing a life-limiting illness is frightening for both patients and families and sometimes this fear can be more frightening at night.  The day time is also difficult for carers when they are providing 24hr care whilst being sleep deprived.  This is all the more heightened during this pandemic. Our Hospice at Home Team are…

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So much has changed, yet it still feels like early days

The whole essence of my role as a Palliative Care Social Worker, the contact with individuals and their families, with bereaved relatives and other services has been essentially about the face-to-face interaction and rapport that develops.  For now, that has gone.  Telephone support with the offer of things like Zoom and Skype, has replaced what…

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In a time of crisis we colour and dance!

The demands for the services provided by Hospice of the Valleys have not gone away during the current pandemic. Patients and carers still need support and for those feeling even more isolated the needs are even greater now. We are fortunate to have a flexible and adaptable team who are working to see how we…

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Virtual Therapy

Working from home can present many challenges, this is especially difficult when your job involves providing Complimentary Therapy to our Hospice patients, however, at Mat explains he has been able to overcome this with some creative thinking……. My first week working as a complementary therapist ‘remotely’ I must admit, I wasn’t sure how things were…

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Shopping and Essential Deliveries

We had a great response to our appeal for businesses who are providing home shopping and essential services for us to share.   If you are self isolating this information may be helpful:       Cymru Creations 01495 711157 8am-4pm Collecting Shopping, Prescriptions and Vital essentials in vulnerable communities across Blaenau Gwent. Can also…

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HISP Launch

There is still a lot of stigma regarding the word Hospice; what it is and what it can offer and we continue to attempt to challenge that stigma. One of the ways that we are looking to address this is by launching our Hospice Information and Support Point (H.I.S.P.) in Ebbw Vale Library on Friday…

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Santa’s Festive Workshop

Following on from the success of our first festive workshop in 2018 on 17th December 2019 we once again hosted ‘Santa’s Festive Workshop’ inviting along children of families Hospice of the Valleys have supported. With the help of the Fundraising, Nursing and Family Support Teams and from our wonderful volunteers the workshop allowed the children…

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Day in the Life of Amanda Chard, Events Fundraising Manager

That’s it, we were all booked for Saturday 7th September 2019 and I was super excited, but will we get 10 supporters out there who are up for a challenge? After a few weeks of head in the paperwork making sure our booking forms, terms and conditions, welcome pack, communications and marketing materials are all…

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