'Dying Matters in Your Community' Awareness Week 2018 launch event *SOLD OUT*

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  • Date: 06 Feb 2018
  • Location: Woburn House Conference Centre
  • Date: 6 February 2018
  • Address: 20 Tavistock Square London WC1H 9HQ

The launch event 'Dying Matters in Your Community', supported by Pure Cremation, takes place on Tuesday 6 February in central London, and will be the place to be for anyone thinking of putting on a Dying Matters event in 2018.

Live stream available – let your colleagues know!

As  you may know, the launch event this year has been oversubscribed. This year we will be broadcasting a live video stream on the Dying Matters Facebook page of the opening session where Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, and Gary Rycroft, Chair of the Dying Matters Forum, will be sharing our future plans for Dying Matters and for the forthcoming Dying Matters Awareness week. The session will then be available to watch again via the Dying Matters and Hospice UK Facebook pages.

Whilst you don’t need a Facebook account to be able to access the livestream, you do need a pc/laptop/tablet or phone which is connected to the internet with sound so do check to ensure you’ve everything in place ahead of time.

Presentations from the day will be uploaded to the Dying Matters website shortly after the event.

A range of speakers will set the scene, provide ideas and inspiration and offer practical advice on how to create and deliver a successful Dying Matters event in your community. There will be a chance to see the range of resources available, talk to others and share ideas, as well as picking up suggestion and materials from the exhibition space.

Dying Matters is the biggest campaign in the UK that encourages people to talk about dying, death and bereavement. It gets you to think about these topics and to put plans in place: your will, funeral plans, future care and organ donation. Death affects us all, and we can only help each other if we are comfortable talking about it.

Each year hundreds of volunteer-led events take place during the Dying Matters Awareness Week (14 - 20 May 2018), reaching hundreds of thousands of members of the public.

Following the merger of the National Council for Palliative Care and Hospice UK in July 2017, Dying Matters became part of Hospice UK. For more information on the merger see here.

Please note there is only ONE launch event in 2018.

Aims of the conference

The programme will: 

  • Let you know how being part of Dying Matters supports your work
  • Show you how to get involved in Dying Matters Awareness Week 2018
  • Let you learn from others' experience of putting on Dying Matters events
  • Provide all the practical advice you need to start planning a Dying Matters event
  • Show you how Dying Matters fits into Hospice UK's strategic plans

By the end of the conference you will

  • Be inspired, energized and excited about playing an active part in Dying Matters in 2018

For more information download the draft programme.


Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK 
Gary Rycroft, Chair of the Dying Matters Forum
Kevin Toolis, author, My Father's Wake
Linda Magistris, CEO and Founder, The Good Grief Trust
Stephanie Nimmo, writer
Rebecca Patterson, Policy and Communications Manager, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care
Mireille Hayden, Senior Partner, Gentle Dusk
Chris Stothard, Nurse Specialist End of Life Care, Leeds Dying Matters Partnership 
Carole Clark, Ageing Well Officer, Leeds Dying Matters Partnership 

Who should attend?
Any member of the public, healthcare professionals and anyone involved in end of life care.

Date & time 6 February; registration 9.30 to start at 10.00am - 4pm
Location Woburn House Conference Centre
20 Tavistock Square London WC1H 9HQ
Tel. 020 7419 5571
Price £80 ex VAT (£96 total)
Notes: This event is open to all

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