Welcome to Pilgrims Virtual Therapy Centre!

We know that now, more than ever, it’s really important for you to look after your mental and emotional wellbeing as well as your physical health so we are bringing a little of what we do as Pilgrims Wellbeing team into the comfort of your own homes.

We hope it gives those of you who are missing coming in to see us and for those of you who haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit our Therapy Centres,  a chance for you to get involved and feel connected.

We offer a range of pre-recorded and interactive live sessions including relaxation, yoga and t'ai chi sessions, creative art sessions, exercise groups and virtual cafés where patients and carers can stay connected, so hopefully there is something for everyone. New programmes and one off 'guest spots' will be added regularly so please do keep coming back to see what we are up to.

As this is new for all of us we would welcome any feedback, including suggestions of what you might like to see here, and would love to see any art / writing you are doing as a result of the groups. Please send anything you would like to share to wellbeing@pilgrimshospices.org

How to get involved

Getting involved is simple.

We have a range of groups that anyone can access from our Pilgrims Virtual Therapy Centre page HERE. These are pre-recorded but if you have any queries or comments after watching please get in contact with us by phone on 01233 504 133 or email us at wellbeing@pilgrimshospices.org

Some of our groups are live interactive sessions. For these you will need to have downloaded Zoom onto your phone, tablet or home computer. Please see our step by step instructions if you need help to do this. If you are a patient at Pilgrims then please contact us and ask for a referral to the Virtual Pilgrims Therapy Centre, stating what group(s) you wish to attend. A member of our team will be in contact with you to give you the code an password needed to access the group. These are for patients of Pilgrims only so please do not share these as it is important we protect your privacy.

Class descriptions

We all know relaxation is beneficial to our body and mind but most of us struggle to get into a good habit of regular practice. This offers a chance for you to learn relaxation techniques and use them alongside our Wellbeing team.

This group teaches gentle movement and controlled breath using yoga techniques and guided visualisation. Yoga has been shown to have beneficial effects on anxiety, fatigue and some pain. Choose the class that suits your ability:

Video 1 – Seated yoga exercise class
Within this class are gentle exercises in a sitting position that combine breathing techniques with movement. As well as improving flexibility and balance, this can alleviate feelings of anxiety, fatigue and pain whilst promoting a general sense of wellbeing.

Video 2 – Chair-assisted standing yoga exercise class
Within this class are gentle exercises in a standing position using a chair for support. Movement is combined with breathing techniques, which helps to improve flexibility and balance whilst promoting a general sense of wellbeing.

A seated exercise class to help strengthen muscles and maintain function for everyday activity.

A home circuit exercise class where each exercise is designed to match your ability.

Writing is good for you! It can help clarify thoughts and feelings, improve mood and positivity, bring more focus to the mind, change your perspective on things, and through all these help you manage stress. No previous writing experience is needed.

We understand that you might not be leaving your home or going far at the moment, so join us for an exploration through nature. We will take you through the hospice gardens, on woodland walks and even down to the sea!

Join our Wellbeing Practitioners each week as they demonstrate a new art and craft idea that you can try with things you have around the house. Expertise is not needed, just a willingness to have a go! We hope you will send in a picture of your completed works of art so we can host a virtual gallery.

Our shared reading group is a place to relax and enjoy the texts being shared and the discussion that follows. There is nothing to read in advance, the group leader will simply read a short story and a poem aloud, which the group will listen to and chat about. You can just sit down and enjoy listening - there’s no pressure to read aloud or join in the discussion, although you are very welcome to do both. There is often a lot of re-reading of the texts, particularly the poems, and some group members like taking a turn to read aloud.

These groups are relaxing, absorbing and create a time and a place for personal contemplation.

You supply the coffee and cake and we’ll bring the chat! Our virtual café is a chance to talk with our Wellbeing Practitioners and other people accessing Pilgrims Wellbeing services. It’s a lovely way to end the week.