NORTH-WEST ENGLAND AND NORTH WALES
(Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and North Wales)
Rep: Marion Tugwood, East Cheshire Hospice
Tel: 01625 433477
Marion has recently taken over as facilitator of this group and we are currently revisiting how we want to hold meetings and what to do with the group. If you are chaplain in the North West and want to be in contact with other chaplains in the region please do send Marion an email to be linked in.
SOUTH-WEST ENGLAND AND SOUTH WALES
(Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and South Wales)
Rep: Andrew Webster
We aim to meet on a regular basis for mutual support and encouragement and also to reflect together on various aspects of our work. Most recently we have watched some of the talks given at the conference and thought how they might be relevant to our contexts. So far post-covid meetings have continued online, but we aspire to meet in the flesh in the New Year. The group is a much-appreciated resource, especially given the potential to become isolated as often we are the only member of staff in our respective hospices with a chaplaincy or spiritual care role.
(Scotland, including the Northern
and Western Isles)
Rep: Stuart Murdoch
We have about fifteen active members, with a typical attendance of eight to ten when we meet.
Under normal circumstances, our meetings ran from 10:30 to 3.30, three times a year, with members taking turns to host the meeting; as the group covers the whole of Scotland, this can involve some lengthy journeys! When we meet, we try to combine training, reflection, resource sharing and peer support.
Since 2020, we’ve held shorter, more frequent online meetings every six weeks or so, with more emphasis on peer support, and during this time, we’ve also seen quite a few changes in membership as several long-standing members have retired or moved on, while others have joined.
At our last meeting in April, we agreed to resume live meetings later this year, and we’ve been invited to Tayside on Thursday October 27th (more details to follow). Mike has co-ordinated the meetings throughout his time, but will be handing over to Stuart Murdoch to take us forward as we resume meeting live.
Next meeting: TBC
If you know of anyone new who should be invited, do let them and Stuart know.
Rep: John Wonnacott, Northern Ireland Hospice, Belfast
Tel: 44 2890 781836
All the Hospices and Palliative Care groups are continuing to offer ongoing care to patients, families and staff. We’re looking forward to coming out of Lockdown when the dates are agreed…
Also to joining you all via Zoom in September. Ongoing prayers, stamina and being safe.