Sirona and the Chew Valley based Village Agents have been shortlisted for a national award for an event to raise awareness of the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement.
The National Council for Palliative Care awards take place at the House of Lords next week and our partnership is shortlisted for the Dying Matters Awareness Initiative of the Year award.
The Village Agents, who received a grant from the Sirona Foundation to enable them to continue their work in Chew Valley, worked with staff from Sirona to hold a road show in the Chew Valley called the Big Conversation last May attended by 120 people.
Held during Dying Matters Awareness week, it was aimed at raising community awareness and improving the opportunities for individuals to discuss end of life openly and for people to start talking about life planning.
Janet Rowse, Sirona’s chief executive, said: “The collaboration between Sirona and the Village Agents was a venture that forged new working relationships not experienced before in Bath and North East Somerset. We were delighted when the Sirona Foundation stepped in to fund this service when it was in danger of being disbanded. This particular event, which is one of many excellent initiatives the Village Agents have supported, enabled people to have conversations about serious topics within a fun and safe environment.
“To have this national recognition for a community partnership event is a fabulous achievement; it is recognition for the care and compassion demonstrated by our staff and the Village Agents in working together to ensure individuals have choice and control about their lives. My congratulations go to Chiquita and her team, Denise Perrin, who coordinates the Village Agents and Simon Allen, our Social Care Champion who has supported them.”
NCPC Chief Executive Claire Henry said: “It’s great to see that we’ve had so many entries. I thought we had a strong level last year, but this year is even better, which says something about the range of great end of life initiatives going on. It also shows how much people want to win an NCPC award. We want to recognise the great work going on, but also to inspire other people to try new ideas. The entries we’ve had contain so much passion, energy and imagination, and it wasn’t easy to pick a shortlist from such a strong field.”
The categories and finalists are:
Bereavement Project of the Year – Recognising innovative projects supporting people during bereavement
- Islington Bereavement Service
- Good Grief Project
- St Catherine’s Hospice – Crawley (Patient and Family Support Team)
Dying Matters Awareness Initiative of the year – Recognising events and activities that raise awareness of the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement
- Leeds Dying Matters Partnership
- Sirona care & health and WERN Village Agents
End of Life Care Champion(s) of the Year (sponsored by The Royal College of Nursing) – Recognising the contribution to end of life care from an individual or team at a local or national level
- Felicity Warner – founder of the Soul Midwives and the TLC Caring Communities’ Project
- Sarah Coleman and Kerry Pound, End of Life Care Facilitators, St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice
- The Marie Curie @ Northumbria Partnership (New integrated palliative care hospital and community rapid response teams, supported by the first Modern Matron in Palliative and end of life care )
Effective Coordination of Care Award – Recognising effective person-centred coordination of end of life care
- Wandsworth End of Life Care Coordination Centre (WEOLCCC)
- North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service (NMMPCSS)
- My Care Co-ordination Team, Keech Hospice Care, Luton