Community Engagement & Wellbeing

Our work is based around supporting and enabling our communities to talk more openly about end of life care and bereavement.

From our work within schools around staff bereavement training and our understanding bereavement in the workplace workshops to discussions with people about Advance Care Planning, our community engagement team work across our catchment area to help develop compassionate communities.  We are always happy to work in partnership with like minded organisations.

Our programme of social activities aims to bring people together to chat, learn and make new friends with the common purpose of promoting health and wellbeing for all.

Thursdays from 1-3pm at St Giles, Whittington

We’ve been teaching people the basics of using a computer, the internet and social media since 2014.

We even made 91-year-old Fred Wright famous when we shared a picture of him celebrating his birthday. Read More >

If you’d like to join or find out more, email us at or call 01543 434536

“I spotted a story in the local paper about the group and decided to go along. It’s been lovely to learn so much and to be part of the group, which is really friendly.”

– Fred Wright, Burntwood

Mondays from 12-2pm at St Giles, Whittington

This group give people the opportunity to take part in a range of craft activities, refreshing old skills and learning new ones. Our projects have involved knitting, painting, making cards and even creating bunting for a charity campaign.

If you’d like to join or find out more, email us at or call 01543 434536

The last Sunday of each month from 2-4pm at St Giles, Whittington

The Three C’s stands for Conversation, Coffee and Cake!

This is a fun group of keen readers who meet to choose books and discuss what they’ve read.

Everyone is welcome.

If you’d like to join us or find out more, email us at or call 01543 434536

Education is a central part of our work. To encourage and promote awareness of St Giles and the wider hospice movement, Ian Leech, our Community Engagement Officer, works with local schools and colleges.

Lessons, assemblies, resources and activities are tailored to different age groups and to support the curriculum, helping young people to deepen their understanding of social, religious and supportive care issues. Where appropriate, visits can be arranged for staff and pupils to come to the hospice.

We are also able to offer support to schools that have children and young people experiencing bereavement.

To contact Ian please telephone 01543 434535 or email

Our Wellbeing Project is a 10 or 12 week programme of seated exercise and supportive care which helps improve mobility and grow knowledge around aspects of supportive care. 

Each session is split in to two parts, the first is a 45 minute seated exercise session which concentrates very much on what you can do. 

There is then a 15 minute break for tea and biscuits before the second half of the session is delivered.  This is a 45 minute talk on an aspect of support care.  Subjects include:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Home and Personal Safety
  • Know your benefits
  • Funeral Wishes and Care Planning
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Nutrition
  • Combatting Social Isolation
  • Carers support

This programme is ideal for organisations who support groups of elderly people and we have delivered it to Age UK Burton, Trent & Dove Housing and Bromford Housing.

For further information please contact Ian Leech, Community Engagement and Supportive Care Manager at

“Hospices aren’t only places where people go to die, they’re part of a vibrant community which helps people live full lives.

– Emma Hodges, CEO St Giles