‘Working Together with our Communities’ is the theme which Dying Matters has chosen for this year’s campaign, and is one which Wirral health and social care professionals are happy to endorse.

For the first time ever, the campaign was launched from a centre in the provinces. Wirral Hospice St John’s hosted this event, which was attended by over 70 delegates, who came from all corners of the nation to attend.

Topics under discussion included information about how individuals can prepare for the end of their own lives (such as making a will, and ordering their affairs), and also how to help the people you care about and those in the wider community. Delegates heard about the initiatives already in place, such as BRUM YODO, http://www.anaturalundertaking.co.uk/brumyodo/, which are designed to help people discuss death and the plans they can put in place. Mohamed Omer spoke about working with Muslim communities and how the Gardens of Peace, http://gardens-of-peace.org.uk/, help to meet their end of life needs.

Wirral’s own community initiative, the End of Life Care Charter, was explained by Julie Gorry, CEO of Wirral Hospice and chair of the event.

Dying Matters Awareness Week runs from 8-14 May this year. More information on the national organisation is available at http://www.dyingmatters.org/page/AwarenessWeek2017, and local events will be detailed here and also at www.wirralhospice.org.uk or for any enquiries you can contact Julie Gorry, CEO Wirral Hospice, NCPC North West Regional Representative, julieg@wirralhospice.org

3 March 2017