Spring Newsletter - 2019

Spring Update
Restore, Refresh and Renew

Hospice23 - Change is afoot

Eight of us met in January to think about the future of hospice23.  Under Martin Howden’s skilled leadership we were able to think about the vision of the charity, the up-coming conference in November and how hospice23 might facilitate more than just a yearly conference.  As part of this meeting we worked on a new vision statement:

Hospice23 is a network, founded on christian love and faith, that actively explores how to meet the holistic needs, both professional or personal, of anyone working within end of life and palliative care.

The annual conference remains central, a place where a network of people working in palliative and end of life care come together - ‘Gathered’  - in one place. However the work of the charity does not end there until the following year.  Beyond and between the conference, the network becomes - ‘Virtual’ - with connections, resources and support continuing online.  A web-based hospice23 facilitates an online formal and informal network through participants sharing expertise and ideas; asking questions; contributing blogs; suggesting links to other resources, etc.

Finally, although on-going funding is an issue, hospice23 is committed to continuing its involvement in supporting people working overseas in palliative and end of life care, in situations, where palliative care is less developed.  Typically we will aim to offer bursaries to two or three people to travel to the conference, which offers opportunities for mutual enrichment through the exchange of ideas and insights. If we are able to achieve our goal of setting up a thriving and relevant web presence for practitioners, then this would support far more people outside the UK throughout the year, not just a few at a conference.  

In order to be fit for the 21st century with a new online role and a stronger, more relevant presence, our website is being updated behind the scenes and, as you can see above, our logo has also been refreshed.

What does not change is our commitment to supporting staff both professionally and personally to work holistically in palliative and end of life care.


This year’s conference - ‘Working with Change’

The 2019 conference is being held in the beautiful and peaceful setting of  Launde Abbey from 8-10th November.  Its title reflects the fact that change is inevitable/unavoidable and affects every one of us at every point in our lives.   Almost every aspect of palliative and end of life care is about change; for patients, for loved-ones, for staff.  We are also living in what seem like unprecedented times of change in our country: politically, financially, socially and spiritually.  This changing climate also has an on-going effect on the NHS, on charity funding for hospices and nursing homes, and on carers. 

During the conference the topic will be explored from different perspectives and viewpoints.  Within different presentations underlying questions will be addressed such as: Why change can sometimes invigorate, sometimes inhibit?  How might we embrace and enable change for ourselves and others?  When might we usefully question proposed change?

The holistic ethos of the conference will have an inclusive, innovative and inquisitive approach underpinned by its christian foundation and values; it is suitable for anyone working or volunteering in palliative, end of life and bereavement care.  It includes presentations, workshops, discussions, and more creative experiential sessions, all led by expert practitioners.  It will contain sessions which are patient focussed and those which are focussed on ourselves. At the end of each day there will be an inclusive reflective space suitable for anyone to attend if they wish. 

Walks, a bar, good food, music-making, relaxing, talking, creativity are all included.  

The aim of this unique conference is that delegates would leave feeling restored, refreshed and renewed.

Put the date in your diary and come!

Contact us at info@hospice23.org for more information.

STOP PRESS:  early booking is advised, first come, first served for single rooms.