Rowans Living Well Centre

Living Well Centre
Rowans Living Well Centre is a brand new facility providing a relaxed and safe environment for people affected by life-limiting illnesses, their carers, partners and family members. Drop in and see us today!

Access help and information, and engage in practical and therapeutic activities that support independence and well-being. Enjoy a space where you can relax with a tea or coffee, chat with others in similar situations and make new friends.  

Rowans Living Well Centre is located next door to Rowans Hospice, and is open every week day 10am - 4pm and until 7pm on the first Thursday of each month.  You do not need a Hospice referral to access these services, so please pop in to find out more, or

call us on 023 9224 8011

Groups and Activities

We run a many FREE services, groups and activities throughout the week. Most can be booked by either dropping in to the Living Well Centre or by phoning  023 9224 8011. Some require referral onto the course, and we may at times need consent to contact your GP, but most are open to anyone living with a life-limiting illness and their carers. See each event for more information.

Arts & Crafts

When? Wednesdays 10am-12 noon and 1.30-3.30pm.

Explore your creativity and create unique keepsakes for friends and loved ones.

The afternoon session will focus on Tabletop Gardening.

When? Tuesdays between 2.30-4pm

Our Emotional Support Groups for patients and carers provide an opportunity to share with others in a similar situation, those thoughts and feelings you may be experiencing at this time.

When? 1st Friday (1-4pm) &  3rd Monday of each month (10am-1pm)

We run this group to support anyone who is supporting someone with a life limiting illness to:

  • meet other carers in similar situations
  • access practical information
  • get emotional support through the facilitated group
  • listen to topical talks that will help you.

When? Thursday 17 May; Thursday 19 July - all 10.30am - 12noon

A chance to talk about the important things at the end of life, including but not limited to:

  • Planning Wills & Funerals
  • Power of Attorney
  • DNR resuscitation decision
  • Fears, Worries and Future Preferences
  • Advanced Care Planning
  • How do I start difficult conversations?

When? Wednesdays 10am-4pm

Hypnotherapy is a powerful technique which can be used to help people achieve a heightened state of peace and relaxation, allowing your mind to go beyond your normal conscious state to achieve goals, reduce stress and anxiety. Despite popular belief, you retain complete control while hypnotised and you can not be made to do anything you don't want to do.

Other complementary therapies, such as massage, reflexology and accupuncture are available within Rowans Living Well Centre. Please call us for more information.

Every patient and one nominated carer will be offered up to four sessions per year free of charge.

If you choose to make a private appointment with the therapist outside the remit of Rowans Living Well Centre, it is advisable to check and agree cost and details beforehand with  the therapist.

We run regular talks on subjects that help people to live well, including:

  • maintaining health, including dietary advice
  • planning for the future

Simply get in touch to find out what's coming up.

NEW! KEEPING FIT & WELL IN LATER LIFE – with Paula Day, Portsmouth City Council

A talk held at the Living Well Centre once a month promoting all kinds of activities in the local area. Please call us to find out more. Find out about local guided walks of 30-90 mins for all levels of fitness & abilities. It’s a fun & sociable scheme.

There are also plenty of other activities, social and exercise groups that can be discussed.

When? Fridays 11.30am-12.30pm

A six-week rolling programme dealing with stress and anxiety; fatigue; diet and sleep; relaxation; exercise; and non-pharmacological management of pain.

Develop your own 'toolbox' of strategies for living with the often uncertain and fluctuating nature of a life-limiting illness, in a space where you can learn and share from each others' experiences.

Click here to see more about these programmes and to book.

When? Tuesdays from 11am-12 noon

Reminiscence work involves talking about the past, using prompts such as photos, books, familiar objects, music, favourite possessions or memorabilia, drawing on early memories to improve mood, well-being and help with mental abilities such as memory.

People with dementia tend to retain remote memories, so by telling stories from the past can give that person a sense of value and empower them to communicate with others in a therapeutic and social way. By talking about past experiences, people with dementia can then help others to focus on the person as opposed to their dementia.

When? Sessions run on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month between 1pm-4pm. Must be pre-booked

The Hampshire Macmillan Citizens Advice Bureau gives free, impartial and confidential advice on a variety of issues, including benefits, housing, employment and debt for anyone who has cancer or is affected by cancer. They also provide help with benefit appeals and applying for grants.

When? Appointments to see a Social Worker can be offered on Tuesdays between 1-2pm.

The Social Work team offer information and advice to help people make informed choices about their care and well-being.

We also provide information and advice about other services and resources, linking in with other organisations within our local community.

When? Mondays from 10am-4pm; Wednesdays 10am-4pm and Friday 1-4pm

These sessions must be pre-booked.

Reflexology is a gentle massage used on certain reflex points on the feet or hands. Up to four sessions per year can be offered to each patient and their nominated carer.

When? Tuesdays 1.30-2.30pm

This six week group programme is aimed at helping people manage breathlessness covering the respiratory system, mechanics of breathing, coping mechanisms, exercise and pacing, diet, medication and relaxation.

When? Tuesdays 2.45-3.45pm and Fridays 10-11am

An opportunity for those who would like to keep active to exercise with others.

When? Yoga Workshops Wednesdays 2-4pm. Next course 6, 13, 20 and 27 June. Then 15, 22, 29 August and 5 September.

Fridays 2-4pm. Next course 8, 15, 22, 29 June. 

You will learn gentle movement, breathing and relaxation techniques during these sessions. 

Yoga can help you to reduce anxiety, sleep well and improve your flexibility.

When? Fridays 11.30am-12.30pm

A six-week rolling programme dealing with stress and anxiety; fatigue; diet and sleep; relaxation; exercise; and non-pharmacological management of pain.

Develop your own 'toolbox' of strategies for living with the often uncertain and fluctuating nature of a life-limiting illness, in a space where you can learn and share from each others' experiences.

Click here to see more about these programmes and to book.

When? Friday, 10am-1pm

Sessions must be pre-booked.

Osteopathy helps alleviate various aches and pains by moving, stretching and massaging a person's muscles and joints.

When? Four week course on Fridays from 4th May to 1 June, 10.30am-12noon

This course is run by a qualified dietician and will help equip you to make positive changes. Our aim is that you will learn to enjoy food again, and the stress of eating and mealtimes is reduced for all concerned. 

When? Five-week programme on Fridays starting 20th April, and another course starting 5th October  2.30-4pm

Five week therapeutic programme to create items using clay whilst socialising with others.

When? Drop-in service

Free drop-in service for ex-service personnel living with a serious illness.

See more here.

Cookery after Bereavement Course

When? Eight week course takes place at Havant & South Downs College on Fridays. Next course begins 5 October, following one January 2019. BOOKING ESSENTIAL through Rowans Living Well Centre. 

Learn about: knife skills; cookery techniques; home style cooking; basic food hygiene; healthy eating; advantages of bulk cooking; and weekly menu-planning. 

When? Six week course. Thursdays between 10-11.30am. 24, 31, May and 7, 14, 21, 28 June. Book your place at Rowans Living Well centre. 

Come and join us for a coffee and explore your creativity through writing. Writing can provide an opportunity for self-reflection, and can improve well-being by having fun and being creative. Grammar and Spelling aren't important, just bring along your imagination!

When? Wednesday 30 May or 18 July (2-4pm). Please book your place through Rowans Living Well Centre.  

This workshop will cover a range of yoga
techniques including gentle movement, breathing and relaxation. Yoga can help you to:

  • reduce anxiety
  • de-stress
  • sleep well
  • manage your pain
  • improve flexibility
  • build up your strength

When? Four week course Fridays  13, 20, 27 July and 3 August - all 12 - 2pm

Week 1 - Resilience within caring

Week 2 - Symptom management

Week 3 - What changes should we expect - keeping informed)

Week 4 - Recognising dying

When? Mondays 2.15-4pm). Please book your place through Rowans Living Well Centre.  

The practice of being fully present, aware of where we are and not overwhelmed by what's going on around us.

We are offering a space for you to come and experience some mindfulness practices guided by a trained professional.