13th November 2017
We have been out and about yet again, this time sharing some of our work and learning from the experiences of others at AORTIC 2017, a meeting which took place in Rwanda to focus on cancer care in Africa! Check out some of the presentations shared by Cairdeas and friends HERE!
Cairdeas, ICPCN and Rwandan palliative care colleagues unite!
6th November 2017
We are delighted to launch our Christmas Appeal 2017, giving you the opportunity to support 3 fantastic causes during the upcoming festive season:
For a donation of £10… You can pay for a pack of vital supplies for refugees from South Sudan living in the refugee camps in Northern Uganda, which are being distributed by Lugogo and Cairdeas ‘Sanyu’ volunteers, providing essential supplies and sharing love and care.
For a donation of £25… You can pay for a piglet to support the pig breeding income generating project through our partner PcERC in Kampala, Uganda. This aims to establish a sustainable source of income for the palliative care volunteer team in Mulago hospital who offer essential practical and pastoral support.
For a donation of £100… You can support the training and mentorship of a palliative care health professional in India in leadership skills through our partner Pallium India. This allows local champions to be equipped to take serviecs forward in their own setting and to advocate with policy makers for sustainable growth.
Click HERE to download the poster, and click HERE for details of how to donate or to donate online now! If you would like to give one of these things as an alternative Christmas gift, please email firstname.lastname@example.org after making your donation to request a gift certificate.
21st October 2017
We are delighted to announce that Andy Smith has recently taken up the role of Chair of the Cairdeas Board of Trustees. Andy is Chief Executive of Havens Hospices in Essex and brings a wealth of leadership experience and passion for palliative care provision to the role, and we are excited for the coming period with Andy in this role.
We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Grahame Tosh who stepped down as chair earlier this year - his work and commitment are hugely appreciated and we are so pleased that Grahame has opted to remain on the board of trustees going forwards. Also huge thanks to Jacqui Mackintosh for ably covering the gap between chairs in her role as vice chair!
Andy, new Cairdeas Chair of Trustees
Dr Mhoira Leng
9th September 2017
Thanks to Dr Alice Gray for sharing your experiences of your time with us in Uganda in the APM Junior's post of the month - sadly the article has now been archived, but your sharing was much appreciated!
16th August 2017
We are very pleased to invite you to our annual Gathering, which will take place at Kirkintilloch Baptist Church (click the link to find out where it is!) on Saturday 16th September 15.00 - 16.30. This will be the usual opportunity to hear from Mhoira and the Cairdeas team about what's been happening over the past year and some plans for the future.
The event will kick start our Purple Party campaign (see below) so if you can, come dressed in purple and ready to eat purple-themed goodies!
Click here to download a poster to print and share with friends - the more the merrier! We look forward to seeing you there!
16th August 2017
Supporters may have heard already that we are developing the 'Cairdeas Faculty' which is made up of Fellows & Associates - people who have been involved in mentoring and training in global palliative care and those who would like to be involved in the future. We are also looking for Ambassadors who can represent Cairdeas at events in the UK and don't necessarily need to have palliative care skills.
We are holding an open meeting for anyone who is interested in contributing to or hearing more about the Cairdeas Faculty on Monday 18th September from 4-6pm in the University of Edinburgh. This is planned to coincide with our Gathering on the Saturday and the Global Palliative Care Day on the Tuesday.
Please click below to register your interest in the Faculty in general and let us know if you can make it to the meeting. The form also contains some questions about your hopes and suggestions for the Cairdeas Faculty, so please do complete the form even if you aren't able to make it to the meeting.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER / REGISTER INTEREST
Any queries, please get in touch with Dan: email@example.com
A group of mentors in India
16th August 2017
We are pleased to advertise a Global Palliative Care Day which Cairdeas is jointly hosting. This will take place at the University of Edinburgh on Tuesday 19th September. For the first time this year we are coordinating dates with the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care conference - and with our own Gathering in Kirkintilloch on Sat 16th - so why not make a trip of it and come to Edinburgh!
For more details and online registration, click here!
MPCU team and volunteers: practising global palliative care!
16th August 2017
Our purple party campaign has returned for 2017! We will be starting with our Gathering on 16th September and finishing on World Hospice and Palliative Care day on October 14th (although if you want to hold a party outside those dates you are still welcome to!). We are looking for keen supporters, old and new, to host purple-themed parties ranging from outings to a tea shop to an excuse for some home baking. We are putting together a Party Pack with tips on how to host and publicise your party and with a fun quiz to entertain the guests with!
Click here to download a poster template which you can print and fill in with the details of your planned event, along with a sign reading 'For me, Cairdeas represents...' which party guests can fill in and be photographed holding.
For more details and to order a party pack (with printed posters and signs if you need them), contact Dan on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Could you get as many purple guests as this!?
21st July 2017
2 excellent papers published this week from Rev Dr Hamilton Inbadas who works at the Uiversity of Glasgow End of Life Studies group but is also one of our longterm Cairdeas friends and now Trustee. #CairdeasIPCT Both articles are open access can be found through the link here and also will be in our resources section very soon. The philosophical and cultural situatedness of spirituality at the end of life in India. Indian J Palliat Care [serial online] 2017 [cited 2017 Jul 21];23:338-40. Available from: http://www.jpalliativecare.com/text.asp?2017/23/3/338/210806 and Indian philosophical foundations of spirituality at the end of life, in Mortality:
Dr Mhoira Leng
3rd July 2017
Great to be teaching as part of this course run by Christian Medical Fellowship https://www.cmf.org.uk/ at London School of Theology. Interesting people, huge sense of inspiration and committment, good to meet and share. @CairdeasIPCT
28th June 2017
An evaluation from the recent excellent work done in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Zambia using mentorship techniques to integate palliative care into health systems has just been published in the Journal of Global Health, featuring our Medical Director Mhoira and other friends and colleagues of Cairdeas. Find the paper in our resources folder or by clicking HERE.
5th June 2017
We are delighted to announce that Dan Knights has been appointed as our new UK Director of Operations. Dan is a very familiar friend of Cairdeas. As a junior doctor, Dan has a particular interest in global health and palliative care. Dan spent time in Uganda, as part of his elective and in recent years has been a Trustee of Cairdeas (until taking up this role). Dan therefore brings to the post a unique set of skills from first-hand experience of the joys and challenges of working in the field, to balancing the management of funds, with the needs of the service and the requirements placed on Trustees. These skills will equip Dan in the roles of administrator, ambassador and advocate for Cairdeas, to build and develop its support base within the UK and abroad.
Dan Knights - new Operations Director (UK)
30th May 2017
After four years of service with Cairdeas, our Operational Director, Richard Morrison has announced his retirement from this role. Richard has been very ably supported in this role by his wife Fran. They have both worked tirelessly and with enthusiasm to support the work.
At Cairdeas we would want to thank Richard and Fran for all of their support, contributions and commitment as the work has developed internationally.
We wish Richard and Fran all the best in their "retirement" as they spend more time with friends, family and their many other interests. May they know God's richest blessing.
Fran and Richard Morrison
Dr Mhoira Leng
15th May 2017
Looking forward to taking part in the European Congress for Palliative Care in Madrid...we will share our work from MPCU and Cairdeas, meet many colleageus and learn together. Jack Turyahikayo and Lucy Robinson are both presenting and of course Julia Downing, Liz Grant andScott Murray will be presenting work from our partnerships and much more besides. More news to follow.....see http://www.eapc-2017.org/words-of-welcome.html