Hos­pice boost for di­ver­sity

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Cul­tures where English is not a first lan­guage could be miss­ing out on sup­port and end of life care.

The Heart of Kent Hos­pice, in Ayles­ford, cares for more than 1,400 peo­ple each year, but is ap­peal­ing for vol­un­teers to help cre­ate its first ever ac­ces­si­bil­ity ad­vi­sory panel.

The pur­pose of the panel is to dis­cover which lo­cal cul­tures and com­mu­ni­ties may be miss­ing out on hos­pice care and en­cour­age them to use their ser­vice.

Sarah Pugh, chief ex­ec­u­tive (pic­tured) said: “The panel will iden­tify lo­cal cul­tures and com­mu­ni­ties and un­der­stand their needs and put in place plans to im­prove ac­cess to our ser­vices.”

Af­ter a year the group will write up a re­port to the char­ity’s trustees. To find out more email sarah.pugh@hokh.co.uk or call 01622 772200 ext. 206.

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