Find out about the wide range of end-of-life care services that we offer to patients and their families. These are designed to provide compassionate, personalised support during every stage of a life-limiting illness, in every kind of care setting, to anyone who needs it.
We couldn’t manage without considerable support from our local community. Learn about all the different ways in which you can help Prospect Hospice, for example by taking part in fundraising events, playing our lottery, or remembering us in your will. All contributions are greatly appreciated.
Prospect Hospice is a leading provider of education and training for end-of-life care in Swindon and north-east Wiltshire. We provide education and development opportunities, all of which aim to encourage learning and build confidence in end-of-life care and support.
Volunteers are central to our work, bringing valuable experience and enthusiasm to a wide variety of roles. If you’d like to help Prospect Hospice by giving some of your time, you’ll find all the information you need here, including current opportunities, volunteer profiles and the benefits of volunteering for us.
The staff at Prospect Hospice have one shared aim: to provide the very best end-of-life care to people in our community who really need it. If you’re interested in joining our team, check out our current vacancies and find out how we can support you in your career development.
A significant amount of Prospect Hospice’s income is raised through our charity shops. The success of our retail operation depends on the generous support of the local community (donating and buying goods), and the commitment of our managers and volunteers. Find out more here.
Live and local music
We aim to bring you a fantastic weekend of musical treats – you might even discover your new favourite band! All proceeds from Avebury Rocks go towards supporting the ongoing care provided by our hospice.
Avebury Rocks was the inspiration of local-born musician Nick Harper as a way to give something back to Prospect Hospice who provided care for his late mother. Nick, with the help of David Uttley and the original organising committee, set out to find a talented and willing group of musicians who would happily perform in a field in Wiltshire, next to the famous standing stones of Avebury.
These days you can expect an eclectic line-up of local and national artists over two stages on one weekend – keep checking our page for line-up announcements and more!
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Billy in the Lowground are often shoe-horned into the ‘Folk Rock’ pigeonhole, because they’re loud and there’s a distinct Irish influence courtesy of fiddle player Ruth Behan, but the sound is continuously evolving, incorporating elements of Americana, Rock, and Country (Oh alright then, maybe a bit of Folk as well...) They’ve played hundreds of gigs in pubs, clubs, and venues large and small all over the UK since they formed in 1991, as well as too many festivals to count, and supported many well-known acts including John Otway, Shane McGowan & the Popes, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Norma Waterson & Martin Carthy, Oysterband, Rory McCleod and Fairport Convention. In the past couple of years the 2016 album ‘Ticket to Somewhere’ has had some excellent reviews – Rock’n’Reel described it as “Nashville relocated to the wilds of Somerset, and played with Joe Strummer’s heart and soul” – and it got an award from Bristol radio station BCFM for the best album from a local artist. Comparisons are sometimes made with the Waterboys and the Levellers, but there’s a distinctive tone to the band that’s all their own.
"Change the rules of the game, take the face from the name, trade the soul for the fame...I'm an Atari Pilot." After a long hiatus which took in a serious illness, Atari Pilot finally returns in 2018 starting with a set at the swindon shuffle in July. "After coming through a battle with cancer I've never been more excited and grateful to be able to play and create music. it really feels like my best days are ahead. I feel like I'm on a mission!" Atari Pilot is the sound of someone searching for something or someone, trying to the put the pieces together in order to escape or overcome whatever they struggle against. "The songs are a like series of film scenes , where we're in that particular moment at that particular time, trying to come out on top against the odds and wondering what it's going to cost us.' I hope the songs can inspire people to keep up the fight, to believe in themselves and the people around them, that's the message I'm trying to send, nobody wins unless everybody wins, as the boss would say!"
Eric Walker is a Contemporary-Country musician, originally from Huntingdon, living in Hampshire. His vocal influences from dance music with a writing style similar to that of Vance Joy or The Cranberries results in his distinct, signature sound. Although, a relatively newcomer to the music scene, Eric has already seen successes through performances of his original material at two major competitions, Open Mic UK and Greene King's Live At Your Local, progressing to the regional stages of both. In summer 2017, Eric was interviewed by BBC Introducing and was recognised for his hard-work and dedication to his music career. In February 2019, Eric released his debut EP, 'Canyons & Highways', which features the singles 'Hitchhiker' and 'Hold My Breath' - with the latter being listened to in over 40 countries to date!
Jake, Josh and Martha aka Platform 1 are originally from West Wales but now Bristol based. With folk roots and funk overtones, they offer a perfectly balanced blend of self-penned and experiential songs and a hybrid of electric, acoustic and bass, giving a wide variety of unique sound. With the vibrant music scene of Bristol, and all of its influences, their songs and sound are constantly changing.
'Strange Folk' evolved in Hertfordshire during 2002, and are currently based in Herts & Somerset. But there’s nothing strange about this band of three guys and one girl, or their music - a vibrant fusion of retro rock, folk and neo-gothic elements. The band’s roots are in folk, and distinct rock aspirations are tempered by a recognisable folk vein running through their songs to varying degrees. Dark impressive vocals ride the crest of a truly great sound that transports the listener to another time - a time when long hair, beads and flares roamed the lands; while elements of gothic/ acid/ grunge/indie rock folk generate a cauldron of flavours to excite.
Daniel Moody: Vocals, Guitars
Jim Adkin: Drums, Vocals
Tim Owen: Bass, Vocals
Liam O’Neil: Guitars, Vocals With energy, driving rhythm and heart felt melodies The Shudders combine their melee of music influence to produce a refreshing brand of indie-country-rock. Vocal harmonies, screaming guitar, warm acoustic and a commanding rhythm section with which to weave their rich tapestry of noise from. Its’ a tapestry which could be a described as a ‘Crazy Horse - Bright Eyes – Wilco’ for those weaving enthusiasts out there. Early 2019 finds the band in pre-production for their third album scheduled for release later in the year. The album will feature a raft of new songs as well as one or two live favourites, and will be preceded by a single in the Summer. After a succession of live performances, sharing the stage with the likes of Miles Hunt of The Wonder Stuff, Chris Helme of The Seahorses, The Young Republic and Ox ~ to mention just a few ~ The Shudders soon found themselves headlining festivals such as The Radio 1 Big Weekend Fringe Festival and the Swindon Shuffle, and playing in venues across the country, including The Borderline (London), The Troubadour (London), The Cavern Club (Liverpool), The Hobbit (Southampton) and The Fleece (Bristol). Their debut album, produced by Nick Beere at Mooncalf Studios in Wiltshire, was released in December 2009. “The Unfortunate Career of Stede Bonnet, 1688-1718” enjoyed a 3rd place spot in the Amazon folk download chart and established the band as one of the hottest up and coming UK bands. The follow up, “No Angels in the Slipstream” was recorded between the towns of Skara in Sweden (Dark Secret Ingredient Studios), and Shrivenham in Oxfordshire (The Ladder Factory) during 2015 and was released on 22nd February 2016. The record showcased a darker sound whilst losing none of the bands trademark melodies and harmonies. Both albums continue to sell well, and are available digitally from the usual places (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.) and on CD from www.theshudders.co.uk.
We have a penchant for taking both the well-known and obscure folk tunes and playing them in a way that them accessible for all as well as originals reflecting stories of folklore in today's modern society. Our music includes guitar and vocal harmonies, mandolin, bass and other percussive instruments as well as a cajon hand made from an old Victorian door!
The care we offer to patients and their families costs over £8.4m every year – and 72 per cent of this is raised through the support of our community. Read more about our amazing supporters.
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