In January 2018, the hospice launched a Compassionate Communities project. The project encourages people to start open and honest conversations about death, dying, bereavement and loss.
Under this service, Volunteer Befrienders now play an important role in supporting lonely or isolated people with a life-limiting condition in their own home.
In February 2018, Treetops signed the TUC’s Dying to Work Voluntary Charter. The Charter seeks greater security for terminally ill workers where they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition.
In July, the hospice requested planning permission to build a new In-Patient Unit dedicated to caring for people at the end of life. A fundraising appeal was launched shortly after permission was granted.
In November, Treetops current Chief Executive Julie Heath was appointed.
In late 2018, we reviewed the Day Care service. We recognised that people wanted more bespoke and personalised care and launched our Wellbeing Services.
The Wellbeing drop-in cafe was launched in early January 2019 and by September the same year, had welcomed over 1000 visitors.
In August 2019, a new non-talking therapy for bereaved children and young people was developed. The eight-week programme is for those who are struggling to express their grief in words.