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Feature

Talking about life and death
'Talking about life and death' is a film about a knowledge exchange event involving representatives from Cheshire West and Chester Older People’s Network and Library Service.

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Training courses

Just by Talking

Just By Talking courses

This course will enable staff and volunteers to discuss death, dying and loss and promote health and wellbeing with service users.
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Shall we talk?

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We can come and talk to your group, club or association.
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Resources

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The resources section contains videos to watch, items to print and even the odd celebrity joke about life, age, death and loss. Find out more in the resources section >

News

  • Crafting Memory Sessions at Purple Onion +

    Cheshire Living Well Dying Well have been working with local charity Purple Onion bringing Crafting Memories to their group. Purple Read More
  • Introducing Three New Team Members +

    The Partnership welcomes three new team members. Laura Farmer, Emma Dixon and Jill Cox will work alongside team members to develop links Read More
  • Chelford Compassionate Community +

    Community organisations and residents in Chelford are currently working with Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well to enable Chelford to become Read More
  • VOLUNTEERS GETS ARTY FOR EXHIBITION +

    Ten of our Community Ambassadors got busy crafting a 6’x4’ canvas for display at the famous Whitworth Art Gallery, at Read More
  • Reflections and highlights of Dying Matters Awareness Week +

    Every year in May, Dying Matters and a wide range of partners including the Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well (CLWDW) Read More
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Cheshire - Living Well, Dying Well

Crafting Memory Sessions at Purple Onion

Lady Verdin TrustCheshire Living Well Dying Well have been working with local charity Purple Onion bringing Crafting Memories to their group.

Purple Onion, which is part of Lady Verdin’s Trust, supports adults and children with all degrees of learning disability, Autistic Spectrum disorders including Asperger's syndrome, Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), other physical disabilities and mental health needs.

Maggie Williams, Activity Co-ordinator, said “We believe that all people have the same human value and rights and should be given the same opportunities for personal development. We support people to live independent, fulfilling lives in their local communities. Crafting memories enables us to bring together the group around a fun activity to talk about difficult subjects in a warm and supportive environment.”

Frances Underhill, MacMillan Public Health and Wellbeing Officer, CLWDW said “It has been a pleasure working with the Purple Onion, the group welcomed an opportunity to remember loved ones by making Memory Candles. The crafting environment gave the group the confidence to talk about people that matter to them, the shared experience also showed them that they are not alone and had all been touched by death and dying. The conversations also gave way to thoughts about to their own future and wishes and how to live life to the full."

Purple Onion are open Monday - Wednesday 10:00am to 4:00pm and Thursdays 10:00am - 3:00pm, closed Fridays, with a variety of sessions and services including arts and crafts, reading group, games, and lunchtime support. They also hold twice monthly discos at The Crossville Club in Crewe and are working with Tesco each week in relation to healthy eating.

For further information and to book an activity please contact Maggie on 01270 653908. For more information on the Lady Verdin Trust.

Introducing Three New Team Members

The Partnership welcomes three new team members. Laura Farmer, Emma Dixon and Jill Cox will work alongside team members to develop links with a wide range of community groups and organisations and promote and enable the development of Compassionate Communities. Emma Dixon will work on an internal project to ensure our audit and evaluation systems are robust, fit for purpose and will stand up to the increasing scrutiny of our funders.

Jill Cox

Jill has been working as a coordinator for volunteer befrienders at St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice for the past two years.Jill Cox and Moments of Meaning website Having recently resigned as a trustee of The End of Life Partnership, she has now joined us as an Public Health and Wellbeing Associate.

Jill is looking forward to contributing to the development of compassionate communities across Cheshire and passing on the skills and experience she’s developed by working and volunteering in her local communities.

Jill has recently published her first book ‘Moments of Meaning: Living Life Whilst Facing Death’. The book is aimed at someone who has recently discovered a loved one has a life limiting illness. It uses real life examples of how others have managed their lives in similar circumstances and useful references for further information and support.  Professionals, new to the area of palliative care, may also find this helpful.

Laura Farmer

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With a nursing background, Laura recently joined the partnership as part of the Education and Facilitation Team. This supports the education and facilitation of clinical skills training to health and social care staff. Having started a MSc in Public Health, she has joined the Public Health and Wellbeing Team, part time, to share and develop her passion for supporting communities around end of life matters. 

  

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Emma is a registered oncology, palliative and end of life care clinical nurse specialist, with over 19 years NHS acute experience. She joins The End of Life Partnership as a Project Coordinator & Senior Advisor with a special focus on our audits and evaluation processes. She is also currently seconded to NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG as the Senior Clinical Quality and Clinical Project Manager for Cancer & End of Life.

Previously in her role as Matron of the East Cheshire Hospice Emma led a team to deliver high quality patient care. We look forward to the contribution Emma will make to our organisation.

If you wish to make contact with Jill or Laura their contact details are shown here: http://cheshirelivingwelldyingwell.org.uk/index.php/contact

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Details on Jill’s book ‘Moments of Meaning: Living Life Whilst Facing Death’ can be found via Amazon.co.uk or at www.jillcox.co.uk.

Chelford Compassionate Community

Community organisations and residents in Chelford are currently working with Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well to enable Chelford to become a ‘Compassionate Community’. One of the key areas, identified by community members, is wanting to tackle loneliness and social isolation and to help the community to feel more confident about helping and supporting each other.

Chelford Tennent’s And Residents Association known as CTARA, felt Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well’s Crafting Memories Project would help create an ideal opportunity for their residents and the wider community to engage (some for the first time) in crafting activities, whilst building confidence to share what is important to them. 

By establishing the group it is hoped that people will build new friendships, improve their social network and also feel more confident to ask for and provide support and advice to each other. Initially the group began with a six week programme each week having an important topic such as remembering someone that has died, or thinking about their hopes and wishes for the future. The group then began making their own cushions, memory boxes, memory candles, ‘All About me’ folders and a group Canvas of a tree representing the changing community over the six weeks. The participants recounted the sessions:

‘It got the grey matter working’  ‘mentally keeping us alert’ ‘meeting friends’ ‘working together as a group’ ‘ sat and made extra friends’ ‘done things I didn’t know I could’ ‘ learning about other people’s loves’ ‘Enjoyable’ ‘brought people together’ ‘Learning about other people: their lives and thoughts’ ‘talking about death and planning for later life in an informal situation’

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Pictured above; members of the Chelford Tennent’s And Residents Association

The group are completing their canvas before planning other activities over the summer such as gardening, flower arranging, bird tables for the community, harvest festival, twiddle muffs for those in the community with dementia and crochet poppies for Remembrance Day. The group now plan to continue every Friday 10am -12pm at Astle Court Community Room, Elmstead Road in Chelford.  The sessions are free to attend.

 

Please contact CLWDW if you would like further information and we can signpost to the group members.

VOLUNTEERS GETS ARTY FOR EXHIBITION

Ten of our Community Ambassadors got busy crafting a 6’x4’ canvas for display at the famous Whitworth Art Gallery, at an exhibition held on 11th May 2017.

The artwork promoted the use of art as a way of raising awareness and encouraging people to think ahead in relation to their plans for the future and end of life. The free ‘Art of Dying’ Event, led by the Greater Manchester & Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Network, part of NHS England and supported by CLWDW, also hosted workshops, performances and conversations about dying, death and bereavement.

CLWDW also championed other individual entries from across Eastern Cheshire. The painting “Dark Trees” created by Hazel Aimson, a patient at East Cheshire Hospice, won a well deserved first place from over 180 entries in the “Beginners Art Class”. The winning painting took pride of place at the exhibition following almost 4000 votes.

Hazel said “I am absolutely delighted to have won this award. I am not an artist, and this was the first time I had ever used acrylics. The picture turned out even better than I expected!”

Rachel Zammit, Head of Public Health and Communications at CLWDW, added, “We are so proud to have been part of the team organising and delivering the ‘Art of Dying’ Event alongside our colleagues from Greater Manchester. The event was a great success and it was a privilege to see Hazel’s winning painting and the fantastic exhibition piece created by our Community Ambassadors receive deserved recognition”

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Canvas by CLWDW Community Ambassadors                                                                                                                     “Dark Trees” by Hazel Aimson

For more information about the Art of Dying exhibition visit www.artofdying.co.uk

If you are interested in finding out more information about becoming a Cheshire Living Well Dying Well Community Ambassador visit  here or call 01270 758 120.