Hospice of the Valleys is a registered charity (517724), founded in 1985. It is THE Blaenau Gwent Hospice, caring for over 500 patients every year, with a team of specialist palliative care professionals dedicated to providing hospice care; taking care not only of people’s physical needs, but also providing for their psychological, spiritual and social needs; helping them to live as actively as possible after diagnosis to the end of their lives, however long that may be and the highest value is put on respect, choice and quality of life.
Because of the high levels of illness in this deprived area, largely as a result of its industrial past, the Hospice continues to grow and extend its services. In an updated report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Monitoring of Poverty and Social Exclusion in Wales 2013) the South Wales Valleys continues to have the highest rate of unemployment in Wales. Added together with the fact that Blaenau Gwent is one of the most deprived areas in the UK this greatly impacts on our service, particularly the services of the social workers and welfare rights advisors whose services continue to be in great demand.