Hospice launches new service in Ore

ORE has been chosen for the launch of a new service by St Michael’s Hospice.

Hospice Neighbours has been designed to help those living with a life limiting illness

Jane Cave, from the hospice, said: “The new service aims to assist those within the community who require just a little help from their neighbours and in turn allow them to spend quality time with their friends and family.

“Hospice Neighbours are local volunteers who are able to give at least two hours a week to walk the dog, mow the lawn, cook, shop or even just stop by for a cup of tea and a chat.”

No specific skills are required, just the ability to get on with people and a desire to help. St Michael’s Hospice will provide training and offer support whenever needed.

Jane added: “Volunteers will only be asked to provide help to someone who lives near to them and won’t be required to help with anything medical or personal hygiene related.

“You’ll be able to claim travel and small expenses and all we ask is that applicants are aged over 18 and live within Hastings and Rother.”

Training will start in January 2013 and the service will initially launch in Ore Village, Northiam and Rye.

Anyone who lives close to these areas and would like to find out more about the service or apply to become a Hospice Neighbour, call 01424 445177 or email neighbours@stmichaelshospice.com by December 31.

Those interested can also download an application form from www.stmichaelshospice.com.

Hospice Neighbours will be introduced to other areas in Hastings and Rother later next year.

Contact the hospice to register your interest even if you live outside of the areas listed above.