Community Space

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The Community Space is based on the St Clare Hospice site and offers a range of activities which are open to the public
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Our Community Space

The Community Space is based on the St Clare Hospice site. Here our team of volunteers deliver sessions, free of charge, to our local community.

Activities offered include arts and crafts, sewing, and a Men’s Shed wood-working group. You do not need a connection to the Hospice to attend, sessions are open to everyone.

To find out what’s happening in the Community Space this May – July, you can download the Community Space calendar below.

The St Clare Hospice Community Space timetable can be seen as a thumbnail image here. The timetable features a number of groups people can attend throughout the month,

Click here to download the Community Space Timetable (May-Aug 2024)

For more information about the Community Space contact Fiona Venus on fiona.venus@stclarehospice.org.uk or call 01279 594471.


Men’s Shed

Our Men’s Shed offers a community space for men to connect, converse and create. The activities are similar to those of garden sheds, but for groups of men to enjoy together. They help reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly, they’re fun.

Men’s Sheds are all about social connections, building friendships, sharing skills, knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter. Come along and practice skills, enjoy making and mending, and enjoy a hobby.

WHEN: Every Wednesday, between 9am – 4pm, excluding bank holidays.

Morning session 9am – 12pm
Afternoon session 1pm – 4pm

Spaces for our Men’s shed are limited. Please get in contact with Fiona Venus, Compassionate Communities Programme Manager, to find out more. You can contact Fiona by emailing fiona.venus@stclarehospice.org.uk or calling 01279 594471. 


Dementia Friendly Gardening Club

Our Dementia Friendly Gardening Club supports people to live well with dementia. Connect with the natural world and enjoy the physical, social and therapeutic benefits of gardening and nature-related craft activities.

Led by our trained volunteers, sessions will be held outdoors (weather permitting) or in our Community Space and are run alongside our Dementia Carers’ Café so attendees can potter, plant and grow while their carers take some time apart to relax with a hot drink and meet with others in a similar situation.

Spaces for our Dementia Friendly Gardening Club are limited, so booking is essential. Call our Community Engagement team on 07534 031702 to book.

WHEN: Thursdays between 10am and 12pm, excluding bank holidays. 


Dementia Carers’ Café

The Dementia Carers’ Café takes place every week at the Hospice in the Community Space.

Caring for someone with dementia is something you shouldn’t have to manage alone. Connecting with others who are also carers, and supporting one another, can be really helpful.

Dementia Carers’ Café offers you a safe space to meet and connect those who understand.  Relax over a cup of tea or coffee and share your experiences, and build connections.

Find out more here.

WHEN: Thursdays between 10am and 12pm, excluding bank holidays.


Art Workshops

Local artist Tracey Ingram hosts an art workshop for beginners every third Friday of the month in the Hospice in the Community Space.

Do you enjoy relaxing with a paintbrush in hand? Or have you ever thought, ‘I haven’t got a creative bone in my body’ or ‘I can’t paint’? This workshop is for you! Enjoy step by step guide to sketching, how to choose your colour palette, and guidance to create your own masterpiece.

Booking is essential and places cost £30 per person, which includes all painting materials.

WHEN: Third Friday of the month, excluding bank holidays.

St Clare Art Workshop Calendar 2024


Arts and Crafts Clubs

We run a range of arts and crafts clubs in the Community Space, including sewing, card making and crafting.

Sew & Sews 

WHEN: First Monday of the month, between 10am and 4pm. Excluding bank holidays.

St Clare Friendly Crafters

WHEN: Second and Fourth Monday of the month, between 10am and 1pm, and from 1.30pm and 4.30pm. Excluding bank holidays.

Knit Wits

WHEN: Third Tuesday of the month, between 1pm and 4pm. Excluding bank holidays.

Card making

WHEN: Fourth Tuesday of the month, between 10am and 4pm. Excluding bank holidays.


Headshot of Fiona Venus, Compassionate Communities Manager, at St Clare.For more information about the Community Space please contact Fiona Venus, Compassionate Communities Programme Manager, to find out more. You can contact Fiona by emailing fiona.venus@stclarehospice.org.uk or calling 01279 594471.