One of many priorities for Strathcarron Hospice is to support local communities to develop strategies to become more resilient and inclusive for people with a life limiting illness. It is well documented that people living in this situation are at risk of isolation and loneliness, which has a negative impact on already declining health.

Thanks to volunteer, Jayne, who recognised this as an issue for our Daycare patients, who are limited to one visit a week at the Hospice, she made it her mission to do something positive in her own community to bring people together in an informal setting for chats, laughter and a bite to eat. A year has passed since the Friendship and Well-being cafe opened its doors in Denny and it continues to thrive with around 20 visitors every Monday. So successful has this initiative been that other cafes are now up and running in Alloa and Larbert. These cafes are supported by local businesses such as Sainsbury’s and Asda. 

There is something very special and reassuring when people come together in this way and it is thanks to the work of volunteers who make it happen. 

If you would like to find out more about what’s happening in your local community please contact Susan High on 01324 826222 or browse our website.