Wellbeing support & activities
Wellbeing support available to our community
Oakhaven Wellbeing is based at the Coates Centre, in the grounds of Oakhaven Hospice. If you are affected by a life-limiting illness, are a carer or are living with a loss or bereavement, we are here to support you.
We offer a wide range of drop-in sessions, courses, information events and social activities to help and support you. Most of our services are provided free of charge, although donations to Oakhaven Hospice are appreciated.
In addition to the organised sessions, our 'hub' - with its bright circle of windows drawing in light even on the darkest of days - is a welcoming space to visit. Open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), please feel free to drop in if you would like to talk to one of our trained volunteers, to find out information, or if you would just like to sit quietly and enjoy our peaceful surroundings.
Calendar of Oakhaven Wellbeing events and activities at the Coates Centre in Lymington
Christmas events and activities with Oakhaven Wellbeing
Monday 4 December
Join Leigh and her group Straight Banana for a fun Christmas sing-along session! Everyone is welcome to sing - or sit back and enjoy the festive vibes!
Wednesday 13 December
2.00 to 3.00
Join the local Milford Harmonica group for a bit of festive fun! Bring a friend or two, sit back with a drink and enjoy! No need to book - the more the merrier!
Meet new friends, enjoy a cuppa and learn a new skill with Oakhaven Wellbeing
Tuesday drop-in 12noon to 1pm, £5.00
Join us for homemade soup and freshly baked bread, followed by cake and a cuppa. Make new friends, enjoy a healthy meal and a good chat around the table.
1st and 3rd Friday drop-in 10.30 to 12:00noon
Confused about your computer, unsure about emails or frustrated by your phone? Our volunteer-led group can guide you to a better IT understanding.
2nd and 4th Friday of the month, drop-in 10.00 to 12.30
Drop in for a cuppa with your questions for Paul, one of our volunteers who has also worked with Citizens Advice New Forest for several years. Gain understanding and confidence to go forward.
New sessions coming soon!
Enjoy gentle seated movement with yoga teacher Diana, using visualisation and breath focus to help improve mobility and wellbeing. Wear comfy clothing. No experience necessary.
Oakhaven Wellbeing bereavement support available to all in our community
1st Wednesday of each month, drop-in 10:30-12:00
Connect with others who have experienced a loss and discover more about our bereavement support services over a cuppa. Our trained team are here to listen. You are welcome to bring a friend or family member.
Regular socials and events
A social group run by widowed men and women. Coffee mornings, lunches, walks and outings, such as visits to the theatre - and a Fish and Chip supper on the fourth Friday each month. Meet and socialise with people who understand.
A cookery course for anyone bereaved who finds themselves having to prepare meals for the first time. Learn basic cooking skills alongside others in a friendly and safe environment, then enjoy together the meal your have created. Booking essential!
Socialise and find support with Oakhaven Wellbeing at the Coates Centre
2nd Wednesday of month, 10.00-11.00
The Easy Breathe peer support group is for anyone affected by or caring for someone with a respiratory condition. Share experiences, information and tips on how to manage symptoms, stress and other challenges. Online link available if unable to attend in person.
Thursday drop-in 10.30-12.00
If you and your loved one are affected by a dementia diagnosis, you are both welcome to come along to this relaxed and friendly group facilitated by Cynthia Doughty from BonHomie and our volunteers. Enjoy cake and a cuppa, share information, support each other and make new friendships.
14-week course starting in 2024
Supported by Hampshire County Council, this weekly facilitated group helps people with an early diagnosis of dementia who are still able to function independently. Using Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), this is a fun and stimulating environment. Memory Works will carry out an assessment to ensure it is suitable for you/your loved one to take part.
New course starting in 2024
Prioritise your wellbeing by giving yourself the time to attend our workshops...
Thursday 8 February, 13.30-15.30
Join our workshop on sleep management. Evaluate your current sleep habits, explore natural remedies and discover techniques for better rest and increased energy. Discover new ways to improve your sleep pattern and take away a complimentary aromatherapy gift.
Thursday 14 March, 13.30-15.30
Join our workshop to uncover the benefits of massage. Learn a simple hand massage for self-care or for others, including a brief history and various techniques. You will feel the benefits and will leave with a bottle of massage oil for continued relaxation at home.
Friday 12 April, 10.00-12.00
Dive into the world of aromatherapy with this introductory session. Understand the benefits and practical tips for using different essential oils at home for yourself and loved ones. Take home an aromatherapy gift for your senses to enjoy!
Oakhaven Wellbeing News
Volunteers with a difference are being sought by Oakhaven Hospice – their role is to aid relaxation through hand- and foot-massage. The Hospice, in Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington, provides complementary therapies for patients, carers and the bereaved. These wellbeing services are an important part of Oakhaven’s approach to meeting all the needs of those who […]Read More
By Karen Silverthorne Whatever you have going on in your life right now, it’s important to pay attention to your health and wellbeing. Looking after your physical needs can have a knock-on effect on your mental state and this can put you in a better position to help yourself and those around you. Exercise can […]Read More
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By Paula Noyce, Counsellor As a palliative, oncology and bereavement counsellor, some of the most common descriptions I hear used by those who have lived alongside loved ones through illness and death are, ‘completely drained’, ‘exhausted’, and the feeling of ‘running on empty’. It is the inevitable impact of being alongside a significant person, whether […]Read More
By Steph McClean, Psychotherapist Throughout life, most of us keep an eye on our health and wellbeing. However, there are times when we are more anxious about our health than others. It might be that we need to go back to our GP for a persistent issue, or we need tests or scans to see […]Read More
By Paul Hatchard, Chaplain It’s the conversation no one wants to have isn’t it? In fact, in a survey conducted by the charity Dying Matters they found that 72% of the British public are uncomfortable discussing dying, death and bereavement. It’s true that it’s an uncomfortable subject – we’d rather not think about it. Yet […]Read More
By Mette Nielsen, Counsellor Life has suddenly been turned up-side down for all of us and not least our children and young people because of the outbreak of Covid-19. Schools, colleges and universities have closed early. There may not be any transition preparations for going to the next stage for primary school children nor proms […]Read More
By Steph McClean, Psychotherapist When we have a loved one who is being cared for at the end of life, the choices and decisions we make matter. A key part of palliative care is about helping people make informed decisions in advance if they can; for example about where they want to die and how […]Read More