Rowans Living Well Centre is a new centre, which provides a relaxed and safe environment for people affected by a life-limiting illness, their carers, or partners and family members, allowing them to access information and engage in therapeutic conversations and activities that support independence and well-being.
The Centre is open every week day from 10am - 4pm. It offers a space where people can spend time, have a tea/coffee and a chat with others in similar situations and make new friends. You do not need to be referred to access the centre, so please drop in and find out more about what we offer, or
We run a number of services, groups and activities throughout the week, including:
Every Wednesday we run arts & crafts sessions, the first between 10am - 12 noon and again at 1-3pm. Explore your creativity and create unique keepsakes for friends and loved ones.
Our Emotional Support Groups for patients and carers run every Tuesday between 1pm and 4pm. They provide an opportunity to share with others in a similar situation, those feelings and emotions you may be experiencing at this time.
One-to-one support for patients, carers, family and friends runs every Thursday between 10am and 1pm which takes the form of individual counselling.
The 1st Friday of each month ( 1pm to 4pm) & the 3rd Monday of each month (10am to 1pm) we run a group for anyone who is supporting someone with a life limiting illness
- The group offers a chance to meet other Carers in similar situations
- Provides access to practical information
- Get Emotional support through facilitated group
- Listen to a topical talk
We run a number of programmes at Rowans Living Well Centre which aim to inspire a change and promote helpful behaviours, teach new skills, and provide individuals with a space to learn and share from each others' experiences.
They can help people develop their own 'tool box' of strategies for living with the uncertainty and often fluctuating nature of their life-limiting illness.
Click here to see more about these programmes.
Hypnotherapy sessions run every Monday, 10am - 1pm and Wednesday 1-4pm.
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.
Complementary therapies are available within Rowans Living Well Centre. 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.
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?
This course runs on particular dates only, please check below to see the next dates.
11 May 2017, 1-2pm
22 June 2017, 10.30-11.30am
Every Tuesday from 11am to 12 noon we run a reminiscence group.
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, wellbeing 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.
The Social Work team offer information and advice to help people make informed choices about their care and well-being.
Appointments can be offered to those wishing to speak to a Social Worker on Tuesdays between 1-2pm.
We also provide information and advice about other services and resources, linking in with other organisations within our local community
The Hampshire Macmillan Citizens Advice Bureau runs at the Centre on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month between 1pm and 4pm.
The Macmillan CAB 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. We also provide help with benefit appeals and applying for grants.
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