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Isabel Hospice relaunches its Living Well services from Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church community hub



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Isabel Hospice’s face-to-face 'Living Well with Isabel' programme has resumed in Bishop’s Stortford – two years after services had to be moved online because of the Covid pandemic.

The end-of-life-care charity has relocated its community hub to the newly renovated Methodist Church in South Street, an ideal, town centre location that will help the hospice to raise awareness of its work in the area.

Before the coronavirus crisis, the hospice had been running its Living Well with Isabel outpatients service at the Barnabas Centre in Thorley.

Christine Novelli, left from Isabel Hospice with the Rev Gill Hulme outside the Methodist Church at the relaunch of the Compassionate Café. Pic: Vikki Lince
Christine Novelli, left from Isabel Hospice with the Rev Gill Hulme outside the Methodist Church at the relaunch of the Compassionate Café. Pic: Vikki Lince

The charity’s move to the Methodist Church complex – which offers an accessible entrance and lounge as well as a café area – will bring its in-person wellbeing course, nurse-led clinics, support groups and therapies back under one roof.

Isabel’s Living Well manager Karen Bell said: “We're so pleased to be back delivering our specialist support to those living in Bishop’s Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and the surrounding villages and look forward to being able to make a positive difference to the lives of local people who are living with a life-limiting condition, and their loved ones.

“The refurbished Methodist Church complex is the ideal venue to deliver our outreach services, and being in the centre of Bishop’s Stortford will help raise awareness of the type of help and support Isabel Hospice is able to offer to people in this part of eastern Hertfordshire.”

Isabel Hospice's Compassionate Café at the Methodist Church provides support to those who are socially isolated and is available to anyone over 18 without having to connect with the hospice. Pic: Vikki Lince
Isabel Hospice's Compassionate Café at the Methodist Church provides support to those who are socially isolated and is available to anyone over 18 without having to connect with the hospice. Pic: Vikki Lince

The six-week wellbeing course runs from 10am to 1pm in the Wesley Hall. It is specifically designed for people newly diagnosed with a life-limiting illness or a change in condition.

The sessions are led by a nurse with the aim of enhancing physical, psychological, emotional and social wellbeing. This includes discussions on symptom management, practical issues, maintaining independence and advance care planning.

Activities include seated exercise, adapted tai chi and relaxation alongside a wellbeing therapy such as horticulture or creative crafts.

The hospice has also taken the opportunity to launch Stortford’s first Compassionate Café, which runs every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Oasis Lounge.

Isabel Hospice's Compassionate Café at the Methodist Church provides support to those who are socially isolated and is available to anyone over 18 without having to connect with the hospice. Pic: Vikki Lince
Isabel Hospice's Compassionate Café at the Methodist Church provides support to those who are socially isolated and is available to anyone over 18 without having to connect with the hospice. Pic: Vikki Lince

The café is open to all, including the general public, as well as hospice patients under the Living Well or bereavement teams, and for those feeling lonely or experiencing social isolation who have been referred via Compassionate Neighbours.

Each week, the hospice’s specially trained Compassionate Neighbours will be on hand for a friendly chat over a cup of tea and a cake.

For more information about the Living Well with Isabel wellbeing course or the Compassionate Café, visit isabelhospice.org.uk or call the team on 07593 137359.



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