New Free service to help with Isolation

Much-loved local charity, St Peter & St James Hospice, has launched a new expert support service to help people across the community who may be experiencing loneliness or emotional distress due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘Community Reach’, which has been funded by the government and the National Lottery Community Fund, offers people the opportunity to access free counselling or caller companion support from qualified and expertly trained hospice volunteers.

The service is open to anyone who feels they are struggling with increased isolation, or who has been directly affected by Covid-19 through family illness, bereavement and loss.

Chris Horton, Head of Wellbeing and Outreach at St Peter & St James Hospice, said, ‘There is widespread recognition that this winter will see no return to normal and the ongoing risks and restrictions of the pandemic will continue to impact those most vulnerable in our community.

‘In particular we recognise the plight of residents, their relatives and staff alike in local care homes, who may have experienced stress, confinement and absence of close contact over the past months, but Community Reach is there for anyone who feels they need it.

‘Please don’t suffer in silence – we’re here for you.’

If you feel you’d benefit from Community Reach support, or would like to find out more, please contact the team at St Peter & St James Hospice by emailing crs@stpjhospice.org or calling 01444 471598.