Project information

Wellbeing Experience

To enhance and improve the mental and physical wellbeing of people living with a non curative cancer or a progressive long term condition living in the Wigan Borough.

6 months

Charity information: Wigan & Leigh Hospice

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  • Need


    Presently in the Wigan Borough there is limited palliative care support for people living with a non curative cancer or progressive long term conditions in the early stages of their condition. They often receive support and advice in the later stages when it is often too late to be of any benefit.


    The Oak Centre at the Hospice will provide therapeutic interventions, advice and education workshops on all aspects of living with life limiting conditions. With the aim of enabling them to gain a high quality of life as their condition permits.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Enable people to self-manage their life limiting condition and improve their health and wellbeing.


    » To provide a diverse programme of advice and education workshops, as well as access to therapeutic interventions.

    What success will look like

    75% of attendees see an improvement in their wellbeing. 100% achieve at least one goal. 90% user satisfaction rating.

    Aim 2

    To provide a high quality space in the centre of the borough accessible to disabled people.


    » Refurbish and modernise the Oak Centre to make it fit for purpose and create therapeutic areas in the grounds for horticultural and art activities.

    What success will look like

    Establish a high quality, warm and welcoming environment to be accessed by at least 500 service users per year. Growing in subsequent years.

  • Impact


    Research shows a lack of resources for people with long term conditions. The project will see an increase in this group of people self-managing their condition as it progresses, while maintaining a sense of health and wellbeing.
    We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring the service against set key performance indicators. Success will be achieving the above KPIs and seeing at least a 10% year on year increase in the number of people using the Oak Centre.


    Risk: Delay in the refurbishment.
    Action: Work to be actively managed. Significant experience in delivering similar projects.
    Risk: Reduced staffing levels due to unplanned absence.
    Action: Use bank staff and volunteers.
    Risk: Lack of demand for service.
    Action: Research shows significant demand. Comms/marketing plan in place. Systems/processes in place regarding attendance and bookings. Attendance monitoring. Review of workshops/sessions to ensure remain relevant.


    Press releases in local media. Social media updates. Regular features in Hospice magazine distributed to 15,000 households. Dedicated page on Hospice website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Refurb redecoration & furniture
      £10,000 Resources & Equipment Gym & rehab Equipment
      £5,000 Outdoor & Art Resources for creative art & gardening
      £10,000 Therapeutic workshops Delivered 3 days per week
  • Background


    Wigan Borough (around 320,000 residents) has the highest percentage of over 65s in Greater Manchester.The borough has a high incidence of people diagnosed with coronary heart disease, dementia, COPD all of which are progressive condtions. 19,000 over the age of 65 are estimated to have moderate to high social care needs. Too many people in the borough are dying in hospital and high numbers of individuals are isolated, lonely and/or physically inactive.


    The Centre will be open to all adults living with a non curative cancer or progressive long term condition and those important to them, across the borough.
    Not only will the service offer therapeutic interventions for patients it will also offer respite for carers.
    Drop in facilities will be available. No appointment necessary. A substantial majority of people will be supported by the centre will be over the age of 55.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Hospice has over 30 years of specialist palliative care experience to offer.
    The location of Wigan & Leigh Hospice is central to the borough and is supported over 700 volunteers.
    The hospice already has strong established working relationships with other key service providers within the borough.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jacqui White

    Project lead and is the Wellbeing Services Manager