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Mountbatten has announced that it has been successful in bidding for a Hospice UK grant for an exciting new project called ‘Responsible Communities’.

This project aims to support older and frailer people, who are thought to be in the last years of life, across 6 pilot areas of the Island over the coming 18 months.

The end of life care charity will be reaching out to the communities of Ventnor, Shanklin, East Cowes, Newport, Freshwater and Ryde to support those who may be in the last years of life who are lonely, isolated and older, and limited by frailty or advanced medical conditions.

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The project aims to develop local community champion volunteers who will be able to support these people, who may have become isolated. The volunteering involvement will be geared towards encouraging the person out of their home. It may be as simple as going for a cup of tea, enjoying a shared interest, or a trip to the local community centre.

Responsible Communities will also enable Mountbatten to reach out to offer training and support to local community organisations, faith groups and charities within the six communities in order to support them in developing their knowledge and skills around supporting those with illness, dying and loss.

Anyone who wants to find our more and get involved in supporting the Island community is urged to attend a meeting being held between 11:00 and 12noon on Wednesday 10th October 2018 at Mountbatten Hospice, Newport.

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