The hospice hopes that the grant – which is part of a £1 million CCG programme, managed by Leeds Community Foundation, to enable people to live healthier lives – will enable it to work with voluntary sector organisation in Leeds to provide more support to patients at the end of life and their families and carers.
Voluntary sector organisations in Leeds have links with a number of communities – including mental health services, faith groups and neighbourhood network schemes – and are known and trusted by the people they support. They are often in contact with people who are approaching the end of life or are going through bereavement.
Consequently, the hospice is aiming to use the grant to build partnerships with some of these voluntary sector groups – the hospice will provide bespoke training, information and tools for staff and volunteers – to help them support people at the end of life and prepare families and carers for the challenges of bereavement.
The hospice estimates that there could be as many as 1,650 people in Leeds who could benefit from this type of support.
More information about the services provided at Wheatfields Hospice is available on the Sue Ryder website.