YORKSHIRE AND NORTH-EAST ENGLAND
(North Lincolnshire, North Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, Teeside, County Durham, Tyneside and Northumberland)
Rep: Liz Maitland, Sue Ryder Hospice & Neurological Care, Keighley
We usually have between six and twelve 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.
(Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, South Lincs)
Rep: Keith Morrison, Arthur Rank House, Cambridge
Phone: 01223 675771
The group is going well, with a good core of approximately six to eight of us. We meet three or four times a year, and have support / sharing experience / CPD type discussions. We have spent the last eighteen months or so visiting each other in situ which has been educative.
(Derbyshire, Staffordshire, South Notts, West Midlands, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire)
Rep: Keith Judson,
Mary Stevens Hospice, Stourbridge
Phone: 01384 443010 / 07790 947224
Some of the Midland Group, with guest speaker Revd Canon Georgina Byrne from Worcester Cathedral, at their March 2019 meeting.
We meet three times a year, usually from 10 to 3, at different venues. We have over thirty people on our mailing list and we average ten to twelve at our meetings.
I hope you’re able to join us for the next AHPCC Regional Meeting at The Douglas Macmillan Hospice (“Dougie Mac”) in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday 17th October, 10.00am-3.00pm. Many thanks to Martin McGonigle for offering to be our host. The address etc. is:
Douglas Macmillan Hospice
Stoke-on-Trent. ST3 3NZ
Tel: 01782 344300
Detailed travel directions are available on the website here: https://www.dmhospice.org.uk/how-to-find-us
Please can you let Martin know, idally by October 10th, if you’re planning to attend, and any special dietary requirements, so that he can sort out numbers for lunch. As usual, a donation to cover costs of £5 is invited.
Catherine Hughes and Sheila Simmonds were unable to join us last time, so we’re hoping all will be well and they can lead us this time. Both of our friends are trained as Soul Midwives and we’re looking forward to hearing more about this growing work. If you want to whet your appetite take a look at: http://www.soulmidwives.co.uk
Our programme may also include:
- REFLECTION – meditation/ quiet moments led by Martin McGonigle.
- DISCUSSION – on conducting an audit of spiritual care led by Harry Edwards.
- TOUR – a chance to look around the Dougie Mac Hospice.
- YOUR NEWS – time to share news, concerns etc., and offer one another encouragement.
- THIS WORKED FOR ME – opportunity to swap ideas/ resources/ approaches you’ve found helpful. Please bring something to share with us if you can.
We enjoyed a thought-provoking and encouraging day together in Solihull in July, courtesy of our host Charlie Radburn. We’ll be sad to see Charlie leave the Midlands but pray for him as he moves on to lead an ecumenical church in Cambridgeshire.
(Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Bedfordshire)
The next meeting of the Oxford regional group to be advised.