Working with communities to build capacity and resilience to care for those at the end of life
Too often the health and social care sector is ill-equipped to support and adapt to situations where traditional family structures are not in place. This must change. Hospice care cannot be delivered without well-supported carers and resilient communities.
How we are making a difference
We have put the challenges facing working carers of people at the end of life on the political agenda, working closely with government officials and other key stakeholders to explore potential options for strengthening the support given to people in the workplace, as promised in the government’s manifesto.
We have developed partnerships with two key funders to explore how communities can respond to the needs of those around them who are at the end of life and implement new approaches. Funding from the Big Lottery Fund is enabling the piloting of four community-led initiatives that will demonstrate how people from communities across England can effectively engage in new and different ways with their local hospices to support the frail and elderly, bereaved young people, carers and those from diverse and disengaged communities.
Using funding from the Aged Veterans Fund, we are piloting projects in three communities in England to extend hospice care to veterans and their families. These unique projects will assist veterans to develop new relationships, engage in peer-support and share camaraderie – collectively reducing social isolation and enhancing wellbeing.