The Oak Centre

The Oak Centre is a wellbeing day service based at Wigan and Leigh Hospice. We welcome people living in Wigan Borough who have a life-limiting condition and have been told that their condition is palliative.

We also welcome the carers of people who are Oak Centre members if they wish to accompany their loved one.

 

What is the Oak Centre?

This service aims to support you in managing your condition so that you get the most out of life.

This could mean:

  • Having a better understanding of your symptoms and how to manage them
  • Feeling more in control of your life again
  • Feeling more confident
  • Having the strength and support to face what the future holds

Our aim is to make you feel welcome in a social, safe and stimulating environment. Living with life-limiting conditions such as cancer, heart failure, neurological or chronic lung conditions can impact on people's lives in many ways. We often hear comments such as:

"I want to remain as independent as possible"

"It feels like I'm not living my life anymore"

"I'm afraid and I'm afraid for my family"

"I don't want to be a burden"

"I can't be bothered doing anything; what's the point?"

 

What can I expect?

When you come to the Oak Centre one of our health care professionals will discuss with you your medical condition, your needs and what you would like to achieve from attending the centre. They will help you to come up with a set of personal goals and agree a timetable to suit you. This will enable you to access the variety of services (in the Oak Centre and other community services) which will help you to reach your goals. We will review your plan with you on a regular basis to ensure you are getting the right care and support.

When you attend you may be seen by an occupational therapist, a physiotherapist, rehabilitation assistant, a creative therapies coordinator, counsellors or complementary therapists. The Oak Centre is also supported by a team of trained volunteers.

Wellbeing at the Oak Centre is about much more than your medical care. It is about finding skills for living and adjusting, choosing lifestyle activities that will spark new interests and developing supportive friendships.

 

When is the Oak Centre open?

The Oak Centre is open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10am and 3.30pm. Closed on Bank Holidays.

 

How do I get to the Oak Centre?

Come to the hospice on Kildare Street in Hindley where we have free parking. Simply follow the signs for Main Reception and you'll be directed by our reception team to the Oak Centre.

 

I want to know more…

To find out more contact the Oak Centre on 01942 525566 or email: oakcentre@wlh.org.uk

Alter pop in to one of our drop-in sessions “Brew and View” where everyone is welcome to come and find out more about the service.

Brew and View runs:

  • Every Monday and Wednesday anytime between 10.30-12*
  • Every Tuesday any time between 13:00-15:00*

*Closed Bank Holidays

If you have decided you would like to attend the Oak Centre you may self-refer. Simply fill in the Self-Referral Form and email to: oakcentre@wlh.org.uk

How the Oak Centre can help you to achieve wellbeing:

Connect:

You may find it helpful to spend time with people who are experiencing similar problems to you. The Oak Centre provides various groups and activities to suit your interests and needs. Supporting and enabling you to find similar people within your community. The centre will provide you with the opportunity to form new friendships.

Be Active:

The Oak Centre offers a variety of groups and sessions which can increase your activity levels whatever your ability. The therapy staff can advise you on how to do this safely.

Take Notice:

The Oak Centre is a place which offers opportunities to engage in a stimulating and creative environment with new people. There are also lots of ways you can look within yourself and focus on addressing your own needs more fully.

Keep Learning:

There are a range of groups and activities in which you can become involved. This can be fun, rewarding, informative and improve your confidence which will help your overall sense of wellbeing.

Give:

By coming to the Oak Centre you will be sharing with and supporting others. Our aim is that as well as benefiting from attending you may appreciate that you still have a lot to give.