St Giles Hospice offer free training ‘Supporting people with Learning Disabilities through end of life care and bereavement’

St Giles Hospice is providing a FREE course to support people with learning disabilities through end of life care and bereavement.  Please find attached the flyer for this training course, which is part of their funded Learning Disability Project.  The training dates are;

  • Thursday 13 May – 0930 – 1230
  • Wednesday 26th May – 0930 – 1230
  • Monday 7th June – 0930 – 1230

It is beneficial that if possible, you attend all three sessions.   They will be conducted via Zoom and hosted by Sue Read and Patsy Corcoran.  

Sue Read is Emerita Professor of Learning Disability Nursing, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK, and is currently the CEO of the Beth Johnson Foundation, Stoke on Trent. She  has worked in the area of learning disability since 1976, conducting research  around  psycho-social and emotional support following a bereavement or anticipatory grief and loss. Her PhD involved developing a unique, specialist bereavement counselling and support service for people with learning disabilities in North Staffordshire. She has also been directly involved in a number of local charities over the last 20 years.

Patsy Corcoran is a Community Advocacy Manager, at Asist Advocacy Services, Staffordshire and is an experienced development lead within advocacy, training, Facilitation, and Volunteer Management. Patsy has worked in advocacy with people with learning disabilities for 25 years and her Bachelor of Arts (BA) focused on Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from University of Bradford. Patsy is also a qualified assessor in Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA).

Sue and Patsy will also be joined by Simon Cox and James Channon, who are both members of Friends2Friends, a local learning disability organisation.  Both James and Simon are part of our Learning Disability Steering Group.

To book your place on this course please visit  or email

All details are on the attached flyer, please feel free to share this amongst your colleagues and contacts. Learning Disability Flyer

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