Regional Groups

We have ten regional groups to provide support at a local level. Each group sets its own agenda, deciding how often to meet and what format those meetings take. Although there is a description of the area that each group covers, the boundaries are fluid, and you are free to choose whichever group you find most accessible. [Click here for a UK map that shows where the groups are at present].

To find out more, please contact your regional representative.

Eastern England
Area Covered:Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and south Lincolnshire.
Regional Rep:Keith Morrison, Arthur Rank House, Cambridge
News/Events:The group is going well, with a good core of approx 6-8 of us. We meet 3-4 times per year, and have support / sharing experience / CPD type discussions. We have spent the last 18 months or so visiting each other in situ which has been educative.
London (within M25)
Area covered:Greater London and the whole area within the M25.
Regional Rep:Markus Lange, Penrose Care, London
Phone: 0207 435 2644
News/EventsAt present, the group holds occasional events, and individual members also link up informally.
Area Covered:Derbyshire, Staffordshire, S. Notts, West Midlands, Hereford, Worcester, Warwickshire, Leicester, Rutland and Northants.
Regional Rep:Keith Judson, Mary Steven's Hospice, Stourbridge
Phone: 01384 443010
News/Events:We meet in the Midlands 3-4 times each year, trying different ways of meeting – half days or full days, different sites, with reasonable success. We average between 6 and 10 to a meeting.

Date of next meeting: Thursday 12th July, 10am - 3pm
Venue: St Michael’s Hospice, Hereford
Northern Ireland
Area Covered:The whole of Northern Ireland
Regional Rep:Doreen Draffin Northern Ireland Hospice, Belfast
News/Events:None posted
North West England and North Wales
Area Covered:North Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire and everywhere west of the Pennines up to Cumbria
Regional rep:Chris Cheeseman, Pendleside Hospice, Burnley.
Phone: 01282 440138
News/Events:We welcome folk working in any Hospice or elsewhere in palliative care in the North West and North Wales.

Date of next meeting: Wednesday 4th July, 12pm - 3pm
Venue: Trinity Hospice, Low Moor Road, Bispham
Area Covered:Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Bedfordshire
Regional Rep:Vacant
News/Events;The next meeting of the Oxford regional group to be advised.
Area Covered:The whole of Scotland, including the Northern and Western Isles.
Regional Rep:Margery Collin, Strathcarron Hospice, Denny.
Phone: 07921 551885
News/Events:We have about 15 active members, with a typical attendance of about 8-10 when we meet, three times a year. We take it turns to host, and to travel to each other's hospice or unit.

Meetings are usually 10:30 to 3.30 and include a presentation and discussion, time for reflection, resource sharing and peer support.
East Sussex
Area Covered:East Sussex
Regional Rep:Nicholas Roddis, Martletts Hospice
Phone: 01273 273400
News/Events:At present, the group holds occasional events, and individual members also link up informally.
Area Covered:Kent
Regional Rep:Geoff Walters, Pilgrims Hospice, Ashford
Phone: 01233 504100
News/Events:This is a newly formed group, looking to support chaplains in Kent.
Southern England
Area Covered:Surrey, West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Regional Rep:Carol Gully, Rowans Hospice
Phone: 0239 225 0001
South West England and South Wales
Area Covered:South-west England and South Wales, including Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Dorset
Regional Reps:Sally Bedborough, Joseph Weld Hospice, Dorchester
Phone: 01305 215399
News/Events:We have a really good group covering the South-west and South Wales. As well as recent retreats, (overnight at Ammerdown and a recent trip to Somerset) we meet early in the year just for a day, at a location more or less central to us – Weston Super Mare, and previously Taunton.

Then most get together at the Conference for another catch up.
Yorkshire and North East England
Area Covered:North Lincs, North Notts, Yorkshire, Teeside, Co Durham, Tyneside and Northumberland
Regional Rep:Liz Maitland, Sue Ryder Hospice & Neurological Care
News/Events:We usually have between 6 and 12 people come to each meeting. We now have four meetings a year, 10-3 with lunch together. Some members travel a long way to meetings and some in the farthest reaches may wish for something a little closer.

Our meetings take place at different hospices each time. Members lead discussions/do presentations on prepared subjects though much time is given to informal news sharing and discussion on any relevant issues.