What is Zest?

St Elizabeth Hospice has been developing Zest since 2015, working closely with children’s hospice services to ensure young adults have a smooth transition into adult care.

Zest supports young adults aged 14 and upwards with progressive and incurable illnesses to ensure that they get the specialist care, tailored treatment and services they need to be able to enjoy life to the full.

Through this specialist care, young adults with challenging conditions are able to fulfil their aspirations, whether this is to manage their symptoms, access opportunities in the community and reduce loneliness by enabling them to meet and have fun with friends.

Zest is also about engaging with young adults through volunteering and fundraising through our shops and unique events - including fashion shows, auctions and attending festivals, such as Latitude.

Contact our Zest young adult service on 01473 707032 for more information.

See what Zest is like on the video below...

Zest's current impact

We currently offer:

  • Short Breaks - for 2-3 young adults, for 2 nights, offering 4 weekends a year per adult
  • Zest Days - dedicated nurse-led specialist day service provision for those 18+, Fridays 10am-4pm
  • Zest X-Change - monthly evening social group for patients which may be the only social interaction they can safely access without parents or caregivers
  • Regular clinical reviews - access to the hospice multi-disciplinary team
  • A parent support group - a lifeline for families to share their experiences
  • Monthly Saturday whole family drop in session - as we know that everyone needs support
  • Transition coordination support - as they move from children’s hospice care to adult services
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"Zest has helped me gain my independence and increase my confidence"

"Zest is a fantastic place, full of fun and laughter for everyone who attends"

"She has been able to access a more sociable side of life"

"Zest makes such a difference to our daily lives"

Meet the Zest team

See who works for Zest & why they love supporting young adults and their families...

Shop with Zest - reinventing the traditional charity shop

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