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, free of charge.
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.
A survey in 2013 revealed that more than three quarters of the UK population believe in the power of spiritual forces, despite a decline in the popularity of organised religion since the start of the millennium. Essentially then, most people believe in something, even in an increasingly secular society, so spirituality is still a very important part of everyday life for most British people. We know from experience too that more people think about faith and belief when they, or a loved one, approach the end of their lives, which is why spirituality remains an important part of life, and of death, at Prospect Hospice, as it always has been.
Earlier this year we welcomed Neetu Bhardwaj to the Prospect Hospice as our first spiritual coordinator. Neetu is a psychotherapist by profession but has been a prominent member of Swindon’s Hindu community and previously involved in Cruise Bereavement Care as a counsellor and we were delighted that she could bring her skills and experience to Prospect Hospice, in support of the spiritual needs of people who seek our care. “I think spirituality is something much bigger than just religion, and applies to people who often wouldn’t consider themselves to be religious,” she says. “It relates to our values, our beliefs – the way of our being.”
It is hardly surprising that many people question what it is that they do and don’t believe at the end of their lives and, for Neetu, discussing their concerns has already brought a sense of self-understanding and, ultimately, peace of mind for many of the people she has supported since she began working for Prospect Hospice. “People I have met have been understandably distressed about the future,” she says. “I’ve met people who have been anxious about the people they will leave behind. We explore that together, get to the root cause of their fears, always with the aim of bringing them a sense of calmness and acceptance. With one patient I met, it was about helping them to give themselves permission to die.”
Neetu acknowledges that, within spirituality, religion has an important place for many patients and the people closest to them. Part of her role is to work alongside local leaders of all faiths when patients want to see them. For now, she is pleased to be working with our other patient-focused teams to bring spiritual care alongside their general wellbeing.
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