Willow Wood launches mobile community hub around Stalybridge

WILLOW Wood’s new mobile weekly community hub will be making regular visits to Mossley.

The new community hub

The community hub, the latest development in its care, will be at the market place each Thursday between 10am and 3pm to offer information and support to the community.

Recent studies have shown that one in four people in the UK with life-limiting conditions are not receiving crucial care and support.

The community hub, that will operate throughout Tameside and Glossop, aims to help address that by offering information, support and advice on the specialised services and how to access them.

Many people are not aware that, for example, they can self-refer to the START Clinic, which offers complementary therapies, men’s and women’s support groups, physiotherapy and much more to both patients and to their carers.

The hub will also address the misconception that Willow Wood is just for cancer patients, but is also there for those with heart and lung conditions, neurological conditions such as motor neurone disease or multiple sclerosis and other life-limiting illnesses.

The community hub has been fitted out to Willow Wood’s specifications and boasts plenty of room for visitors to sit and chat about services to Derek Thompson, the support worker and driver.

Derek, an ex-paramedic, is looking forward to the opportunity to meet people and let them know more about what Willow Wood can offer to them and their families.

There is also a private cubicle for confidential discussions and possible future consultations as the service develops.

Inside the new community hub

This addition to the services has only been made possible by the generosity of the Cheshire Freemasons, who have long supported the hospice.

When they heard Willow Wood was looking to buy and equip an outreach vehicle they didn’t hesitate to donate £25,000, which has covered over 90-per-cent of the costs.

Karen Vallantine, head of clinical services, said: “It can be difficult to make people aware of the range of services and support we offer.

“By having this Willow Wood community hub we will be able to reach out to those who may not have been able to access information by more traditional methods.

“We are very excited about this extension of our services and so very, very grateful to the Cheshire Freemasons for helping us to achieve it”.

The community hub was officially launched September 11 with a special presentation of the project to senior members of the Freemasons, local dignitaries and other interested parties.

The Community hub will be stopping off from 10am-3pm at:

  • Monday: Drolysden centre car park
  • Tuesday: Morrisons at Denton
  • Wednesday: Hyde market place
  • Thursday: Market place, Mossley
  • Friday: Glossop town hall


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