Group support

We have a range of group support available to help you cope day to day. Some group support is also available for patients and families.

Drop-in service

The new drop-in service is open to both patients and carers and takes place every Monday afternoon from 1.30pm - 3.30pm in the Day Unit Atrium in Foxhall Road, Ipswich.

The drop-in sessions will offer:
  • A designated time for people to visit the service for the first time, giving them a taste of what’s involved, and the opportunity to meet staff informally, attending with their referrer
  • A time in the week when existing Hospice patients can drop in for staff and peer support or advice
  • A place where Hospice patients can be offered follow-up support after discharge from other Hospice services
  • A place where peer-led support for both patients and carers can be developed

Volunteers will facilitate optional activities, with family support and healthcare assistants being available to support and specific needs arising, including one to one support.

ActivLives group - Strength and Balance Exercise Course

A fun session to improve your strength, balance and flexibility with a qualified instructor.
Run in conjunction with Age UK Suffolk, ActivLives and Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, the group is run as a social activity as well as exercise group with time for a cuppa and chat afterwards.

The group will run every Thursday until 30th July at the Hospice on Foxhall Road, Ipswich, from 2.30pm - 3.30pm with a coffee session from 3.30pm - 4pm.

If you would like to attend the group, please call 01473 707005.


The SKILLS Group is for patients, family members and carers in Waveney and Great Yarmouth with palliative care needs who would benefit from skills and management strategies to use in their everyday life.

Sessions are held once a week over an eight week period; each session focuses on a different topic.

Each session lasts two hours, split into two sections: the first hour focuses on the weekly topic and the second hour is an optional therapeutic session.

The group is run by a team of specialist palliative care health professionals and each session will offer support on different aspects of palliative care.

Please click here for an overview of the programme

Where and when the service is provided:

Mondays 1.30pm-3.30pm, at:

  • St Elizabeth Hospice, All Hallows Hospital, Station Road, Ditchingham, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 2QL
  • St Elizabeth Hospice, Headway House, Trafalgar Road East, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6NX
If you would like to attend this group or have any questions please call 01493 690990 or email

Creating Memories Group

Creating memories helps patients and carers to organise their 'memories' in a creative and lasting way. These sessions help people to learn how to turn boxes of photos and memorabilia into safe, meaningful and creative keepsake albums.

Easy Breathing programme

The Easy Breathing programme is for patients experiencing breathlessness or exertion from mild to severe. It is particularly beneficial for those experiencing mild breathlessness to learn how to manage this symptom at an early stage. We encourage patients to attend with a family member or carer. The programme consists of three weekly sessions led by the Hospice physiotherapist and occupational therapist and each session lasts 90 minutes. The programme offers support, information and guidance on coping with breathlessness. It incorporates a general education and information on pacing, energy conservation and positioning for breathlessness. There is also an opportunity to put these techniques into practice during individually tailored low level exercise sessions. Carers and relatives can learn how to assist the management of breathlessness.

Patient Exercise Groups

We run exercise groups for Inpatients, Day Care and Outpatients. Please click here for a full timetable of these groups. 
All of these sessions take place in our Therapy Gym.

The Larch Group

Psycho-social support is offered to daycare patients via our groundbreaking schools project called the Larch Group.

School children are invited to visit the Hospice once a week for a month and take part in group activities with daycare patients, who have been discharged. Together they explore issues such as death, hospice care, bereavement, disability and loss.

Patients and pupils work together to express the stories they have heard in a creative way such as through song, artwork, scrapbooking or drama.

Benefits for patients include:

  • enabling patients to be valued and productive
  • promoting self-esteem and self-validation through storytelling and the value of sharing their experiences
  • facilitating the journey of acceptance and understanding of their experiences
  • experiencing the children’s reactions to honest interactions around disease and dying and enabling patients to speak more openly with children in their personal lives
At the end of the four weeks the patients and children celebrate their journey at a presentation party attended by family, school staff, Hospice employees and volunteers.

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