Cornwall Hospice Care has launched a new service in Bude called ‘Open House’. The aim is to offer support to those with terminal illnesses – and their carers – nearer to their home. It is a volunteer-led project providing a listening ear and informed advice and signposting to useful support services. As with all the care offered by the charity, the Open House is free.
The first Open House launched at the Neetside Community Centre, Bude on Thursday 14th June and will now run every Thursday from 1 pm – 4 pm.
Gina Starnes is Cornwall Hospice Care’s Community Engagement Project Manager, who says: “an Open House offers a safe and friendly place for people to talk about their situation. It’s a volunteer-led service and offers advice and support for the various issues that arise from a terminal illness diagnosis. It branches out from our Neighbourhood Hub Project as part of Cornwall Hospice Care’s reach into the community.”
In attendance at the launch event were representatives of Cornwall Hospice Care, Volunteer Cornwall, Age UK and the local NHS palliative care team. Gina Starnes added: “by opening services in the community and collaborating with other organisations we believe many more people can be supported by our charity.”
Anyone in the area coping with a terminal illness, be it the patient, family member, friend or carer, can visit the Open House at Neetside Community Centre, Bude between 1 pm – 4 pm on Thursdays and talk with a Cornwall Hospice Care volunteer.
There are plans to launch more Open Houses across Cornwall. You can find out more by visiting the Charity website www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk.