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Day Services

Day Services offer supportive care for people living with life limiting illnesses. The specialist palliative care team can help with symptom control, holistic care, advanced care planning, carer support and more. Our Day Services take place on the first, second and third Wednesdays of the month from 10am to 1pm.

Slots can be booked each week for:

  • Acupuncture
  • Social work – benefits advice, end of life and bereavement guidance
  • Medical – symptom management related to your palliative diagnosis

You can do this at a session for a date in advance.

Sessions generally will cover subjects such as:

  • Diet and nutrition
  • Managing breathlessness
  • Half hour complementary therapy slots
  • Advanced care planning
  • Making a Will with a local solicitor
  • Nausea and vomiting

You can see the latest schedule of sessions by clicking here.


Who can attend?

A person with cancer or other progressive and life limiting illness, which is incurable and presents physical, emotional, spiritual or social difficulties requiring input from the palliative care team.


Referrals are made via the person’s GP, district nurse, social worker, specialist nurses or a member of the multi-disciplinary team. All referrals are discussed at the daily multi-professional referral meeting. Following referral, one of the day services team will contact the person.


Those being referred will be asked to provide permission for the palliative care team to access their medical and GP records. This information greatly assists in the continuity of care for the person when attending the day services. Any treatment and care will always be discussed with the person first.

nurse on adult ward

What can Day Services help with?

  • Symptom control
  • Holistic care (psychological, emotional, spiritual and social care needs)
  • Coordination of care & sign posting to other services
  • Rehabilitation / re enablement
  • Carer Support
  • Advance Care Planning
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Services we provide

  • Medical and nursing assessment and reviews
  • Multi-disciplinary team referrals e.g. family support (counselling, social work, spiritual care)
  • Complementary therapies – reiki, massage, HEARTS, acupuncture
  • Referral to the rehabilitative services – occupational therapy, physiotherapy
  • Coordinating provision of care services
  • Individualised goal planning including meaningful activity e.g. crafts, hobbies, activity plans
  • Assessment of carer needs
Volunteer Fedella Marsden in the therapy room

The Elephant Cafe

On the first Thursday of each month we host an inclusive café designed for individuals who have some form of palliative illness.

The café takes place in our day unit and provides a comfortable and social atmosphere for individuals to connect and enjoy delicious coffee and light refreshments while building meaningful relationships with others who share similar experiences.

There is no need to book when attending the café, you can just turn up, as long as you are able to provide your own transport to and from the hospice.

For more information please call us on 01228 810801.

Members of Elephant Cafe sat in day unit at hospice

Age UK Good Morning Drop-In at Eden Valley Hospice

We are delighted to be working alongside Age UK Carlisle and Eden who will be hosting monthly sessions here at the hospice.

Join them for refreshments, conversation and various activities on the last Friday of every month throughout 2024 between 10:30am – 12:30pm.

For more information, please call Age UK on 01228 536673.

*Please note: There will be no session on Good Friday (March 29th, 2024). The sessions will resume on Friday, April 26th).

Flyer for the Age Uk monthly drop in event

Baby and Toddler Group

A new baby and toddler group is launching at Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice.

The free ‘play and stay’ sessions are aimed at babies and young children with life-limiting illnesses or complex medical health needs who haven’t yet started school. Parents, family members, carers and siblings all welcome to attend.

The group will meet on the last Thursday of each month from 10am to 12pm. There is no need to book – just come along and join us for lots of fun.

However, if you’d like to let us know you’re coming, or would like more information contact Jigsaw team lead Kate Allison on or 01228 810801.

Jack Powell in Jigsaw

Day Services schedule

Patients need to be referred to access these sessions. You can make a referral here.

There is the opportunity for acupuncture and complementary therapies each week; plus a medical outpatient review, all of which can be booked in advance.

All sessions are 10am to 1pm.

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April 3rd 2024

Talk: Adaptations in the home

Social worker needs booked in advance

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10th April 2024

Talk: Nutrition

Social worker needs booked in advanced

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17th April 2024

Talk: Mindfulness and meditation

Social worker can be booked in advance

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1st May 2024

Talk: Citizens Advice

Social worker can be booked in advance

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8th May 2024

Talk: Art therapy

Social worker can be booked in advance

15th May 2024

Talk: Advanced care planning

Social worker can be booked in advance

That’s what the hospice does it keeps you living until you die
Shirley – Day Services user

Stories for Life

Would you or someone you cherish like to have their precious memories professionally recorded on audio for free?

Stories for Life (formerly known as Hospice Biographers) launched in 2017 when Barbara Altounyan began to record her own father’s life story shortly before he died. She soon realised this could be something others might appreciate. Since then, volunteers in hospices including ours, have been trained around the UK.

Our volunteer biographers can support you to make an audio recording of your memories – be that a poem, a special time in your life or highlights from your life story.

The process is simple, accessible and confidential, and we aim to capture your
story in as little as an hour. Expertly trained biographers will put you at ease and help you to plan your story.

If you would like more information or are interested in meeting one of our biographers to explore the possibility of having a story recorded, please contact our Day Services team.

Tel: 01228 817623

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Eden Valley Hospice is rated Good by CQC
Report day: 15 July 2016
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