We have selected the following resources to help you connect with the people around you. We know this isn’t as easy as normal at the moment, but it's more important than ever to find ways to connect with others. Think of your family, friends and neighbours as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

Connect through Living Well

Companionship phone calls

We are offering companionship calls to people with life limiting illness and their carers so we can continue to feel connected and support you in any way we can. We are unable to offer clinical advice as part of this service, but offer a regular phone call to exchange conversation and keep in touch. If you would like to receive a companionship phone call, please email us at [email protected].

Living Well News

Stay connected with the team and each other by receiving our fortnightly Living Well Newsletter. Including a quiz, recipes, poem, pets corner, Berty’s Blog and exercises, among other things, it’s a great way to stay in touch and get a taste of the Living Well experience. You can find all of the issues on our website or you can request an electronic or hard copy by emailing your name and address to [email protected].

Chaplaincy calls

Our resident Chaplain, James, and volunteer Chaplain, Jackie, are offering telephone calls to patients of Katharine House, supporting them pastorally and spiritually through this time. If you would like to request a call from one of Chaplains, please contact our Chaplain, James, at [email protected].

Connect online

Virtual games and quizzes 

Katharine House Hospice Online Quiz: every Tuesday night at 7:30pm, this online quiz is a great opportunity to get your thinking caps on and have some fun with friends as family as well as raising a bit of money for Katharine House.

Online book club: former This Morning hosts and couple Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan have their own online book club. With more than 28,741 members, it is a thriving community where book lovers and enthusiasts can join in on discussions about every genre that is out there.

Play a board game: want to play a board game but don’t have enough players? Tabletopia has a collection of over 800 board games that you can play online for free.

The Virtual Pub Quiz: the original virtual pub quiz to be born out of the UK lockdown, this quiz goes live on Facebook or YouTube every Thursday at 7.50pm.

Singing together: join a huge digital music project called the Great British Home Chorus, led by Gareth Malone. Welcoming both singers and musicians, you’ll be able to download music and lyrics and do virtual practices on YouTube.

Together At Home is an at-home experience on YouTube to unify the world during these difficult times. A virtual music experience, past guests include Charlie Puth, Shawn Mendes, Niall Horan and Anne-Marie.

Online connections

Connect with family and friends: How about trying to connect with family and friends via an online platform? Many people are using programmes such as Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp and Facetime to see each other and spend time together via video call. 

If you need some help navigating these online ways of communicating, the Royal Voluntary Service offers a range of technology skills workshops.

Connect offline

Daily Hope: a free phoneline of hymns, reflections and prayers. Available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044, this has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

Other Five Ways to Wellbeing resources