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Living Well Service

We know that living with or caring for someone with a life-limiting illness can be challenging.  Our Living Well Service is here to help you “live well”, by providing sessions with our team of health professionals and volunteers that can offer advice, guidance and support. All of our sessions offer a safe space to talk 1:1 or in a group about your worries, struggles or queries.

Who can use the Living Well Service?

You don’t need to be professionally referred to us to use our Living Well Service, please just get in touch with us to make an appointment by calling 01256 844744 or emailing

What sessions do you provide?

We provide a range of sessions for many different needs, from pilates to creative sessions and lots more. Below is a list of sessions we currently provide, for more information and booking please contact us using the details above.


A safe space to discuss your feelings, worries and concerns, belief systems and spirituality.

Our Chaplaincy provides a safe space for our patients and their families/carers.

We provide group Chaplaincy sessions for patients only.

Our next of Kin/Primary carer sessions are held on the third Thursday afternoon of the month.

We also hold 1:1 sessions by appointment for patients, Next of Kin or primary carers.


Physio and Occupational Therapy

A therapeutic information programme covering fatigue management and management of breathlessness (Week 1), falls prevention/safe exercise and stress and anxiety management (Week 2).

Join us for our physio and occupational therapy sessions. Take part in 4 x 45 minutes sessions, delivered over two consecutive weeks, (First and second Wednesday afternoon of the month.) The maximum number of people on each session is 8 (including Next of Kin/carers). The patient’s primary point of contact will also be expected to attend, and all sessions should be attended.



A specialised seated pilates course, taught by a physiotherapist with a specialist knowledge in palliative care and pilates.

Join us for seated pilates! The aim of seated pilates is to give patients the confidence to exercise safely, while feeling the benefits of pilates. Exercises will be seated and adapted to take into account the patient's ability and sessions will also include some relaxation and positional practical work.

The course is 6 sessions from 1.30pm - 2.30pm on a Monday afternoon. After 6 sessions, patients will be discharged with a home pilates programme/video to follow up.

Please note, the first and last sessions will start earlier, at 1pm, so patients can be assessed individually before the course and provide feedback afterwards.

The maximum number of people on each course is five.


Craft and creativity workshops

A workshop designed to support patients with a progressive life-limiting disease use a creative approach to reduce anxiety, socialise and make something that will have lasting memories for their loved ones.

The maximum number for this course is 8 patients.

Come along to our Craft and creativity workshops, delivered in our Hospice, over 6 consecutive weeks, (every Thursday morning 10am - 12pm).

The workshops will include creating greetings cards, cushions and soft toys. Or, feel free to bring your owning knitting or project. This will be a lovely opportunity for you to share ideas and support with the group, and get support from our volunteers.


Patient or Carer Support sessions

This is a safe space for you to talk about any concerns that you may have either 1:1 or as part of a group.  

Coffee Mornings

Come to our drop-in Coffee Mornings or our drop in Coffee Mornings for the recently bereaved.

Come along to our Coffee Mornings and enjoy a chat with a hot drink and slice of homemade cake in our café with others from our community.

Our drop-in Coffee Morning takes place every Monday morning from 10.30 - 12.00

If you'd like to be part of a group Coffee Morning that's focus on bereavement, feel free to come along to our Bereavement coffee morning every Friday morning from 10.30 - 12.00.

No booking or appointment is needed, so feel free to drop-in and join us.


Complementary Therapy

Up to 4 complementary treatments including Reflexology and Hand Massage.


Up to 4 Reiki treatments. Reiki in simplest terms is a system of assisting energetic movement to support healing, health, wellbeing, and happiness.

Book yourself on to one of our Reiki treatments.

Our Reiki sessions can be flexible, you can receive a treatment laying on a bed or couch or seated in the chair - whatever suits your needs. Many people comment on feeling deeply relaxed during the treatment but also energised afterwards, some also report reduction in symptoms of pain and feel more peaceful and calmer.


Clinical Hypnotherapy

Clinical Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for the treatment and alleviation of a variety of physical and psychological symptoms.

Come along and experience Clinical Hypnotherapy.

Hypnosis allows the patient to experience often quite deep levels of relaxation and so helps to reduce levels of stress and anxiety. Clinical Hypnotherapy can also help with issues such as nausea and vomiting, pain management and sleeping problems. Hypnosis is a very natural process that has many clinically proven benefits and is approved by the British Medical Association. Individual sessions conducted in a treatment room of the Turner Centre. Each session lasts between 40-50 minutes. A course of up to 4 hypnotherapy sessions.

This service is only available to patients.


Counselling Sessions

Our Counselling service is offered to all those that are affected by a life-limiting illness and for those who are grieving after loss. We can provide one-to-one counselling sessions where patients and relatives can talk about their experience and what’s important to them. Sessions are free and flexible to meet individual needs.

All of our counsellors are registered with the appropriate professional bodies and will work with you in a confidential setting.


Patient and Family Support

The Patient and Family Support Team are a group of St. Michael’s Hospice staff and volunteers offering practical, emotional, spiritual and social support to patients, their families and friends. The services are available to patients already known to St. Michael’s Hospice, their family, friends, and carers. To read more please visit our Patient and Family Support page,