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How Weldmar is working with the Lantern Trust

The very first line of Weldmar Hospicecare’s Mission Statement states that all people needing palliative care in Dorset have access to the services they need.

Weldmar Community Nurse Lucy Moxham has recently been working with the Lantern Trust to care for a terminally ill vulnerable person, who has experienced a number of problems including homelessness.

“The Lantern Trust had supported this patient in finding accommodation just before they were referred to me,” says Lucy, “so I started working alongside their team to help with their needs. The Lantern Trust continue to provide support with housing, and any other complications that may arise socially. I’ve got involved with the social side of things too, as well as the symptoms related to the patient’s diagnosis.”

“It’s been really challenging at times due to their lifestyle, but alongside the Lantern Trust we have been able to support this person really well, even though there are bumps along the way.”

Mike Graham is CEO of the Lantern Trust, a charity that has been helping vulnerable and marginalised people in Weymouth and Portland since 1983. They now operate a hub set up at their premises on Ranelagh Road in Weymouth, where a number of other agencies can base themselves as and when required.

“We’ve grown based on the needs of the people using our service,” explains Mike, “and initially it was housing and benefits advice. We’ve now got a supported letting service, working with a bank of local landlords, and we have a weekly GP drop in. What we want to do is remove as much referral red tape as possible, and have all agencies working together, providing tailored support for each individual.”

“It’s support that people are entitled to, but they don’t always get because of their additional issues. You may think that having more than one agency involved can make things complicated, but actually if you are working well together then you really complement each other, assigning tasks or arranging joint visits, for example.”

“Some of the most complex people in our society can fall through the gaps, especially in these more trying times. We want to be able to give them the access to the support our service offers, and those of our colleagues in various agencies such as Weldmar.”

Lucy says that working with the Lantern Trust has enabled her to deal more effectively with her patient. “There are often trust issues for vulnerable people when dealing with professionals, such as myself, so having the Lantern Trust there alongside me means that it’s helped me to develop trust with the patient, enabling me to continue to support them.”

“We’ve really been able to pull it all together for this patient. It’s Weldmar and the Lantern Trust in the middle, pulling in all the other agencies as needed.”

“It’s been really lovely to be able to support someone who is so vulnerable, and really rewarding.”

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