Providers of services for people in West Norfolk with life-limiting illnesses have joined forces to set up a pioneering new group.
WISH – the Well-being, Information, Support and Health promotion group – is a collaboration between local charities and statutory providers, including representatives from organisations including the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House, the Big C, and the Swaffham and Litcham Home Hospice.
The group will be staging a free open day in Lynn in May which will feature more than 20 different charities and agencies which can offer assistance and advice to people with serious health issues and their carers and families.
Nichola Child, therapy team lead at the Norfolk Hospice’s day therapy unit, said the idea was for the group’s member bodies to work more closely together in order to improve services for those who need it most.
She said: “We have been developing services we offer and felt that we needed to work together collaboratively.
“As individual charities we all provide different things but some are very similar, and we want to avoid duplication.
“We would like to fill in the gaps and refer to each other where possible.”
“We wanted to promote ourselves into the wider community so we decided to hold the open day and will be planning more events after that.”
She added: “Today people can be living with a debilitating condition for a long time.
“We all feel responsible to offer the best help that we can – it’s not just about the number of years people live, but it’s about their quality of life,
The open day will take place at the Knights Hill Hotel on Saturday, May 17, from 10am until 3pm.
Officials expect there will be between 20 and 25 information stands by different charities and care agencies, such as the MS Society and Parkinson’s UK.
Free complementary therapy sessions, such as hand massage, will be available.
There will be demonstrations and a rolling programme of short talks with useful information.