Donna McFadden is Staff Nurse in Foyle Hospice (Derry), and she used her Education and Practice Fellowship Award to visit Severn Hospice in October 2013.
The Hospice operates in a large area of North Wales and the English borders and they developed a pioneering Compassionate Communities (Co-Co) initiative, which sees volunteers befriending vulnerable adults in their area to reduce the social isolation felt by people living with long-term illness. The initiative was launched in 2010 and is part of the hospices community support strategy. Donna was keen to visit Severn Hospice to learn more about the Co-Co Initiative as a number of agencies in Derry are interested in establishing a similar pilot project and Foyle Hospice were keen to investigate how they might support them. Donna has written a report of her visit.