No One Dies Alone Cornwall (NODAC), a Community Interest Company which seeks to change the way we approach end-of-life care, has received £10k from the National Lottery Community Fund to undertake grassroots work across Cornwall.

Much of the funding will be used to run Tender Loving Care Retreats, delivering NODAC’s message of compassion, support, and understanding as carers – professional and unpaid – navigate the last days of life alongside patients and loved ones.

Between February and August, NODAC is offering free places on these retreat days to unpaid carers caring for family members with a life limiting condition and can also contribute towards travel expenses; there are between 8-10 spaces available on each course.

Anna Sadler, who runs NODAC alongside co-director Liz Bateman, said: “Our aim is for Cornwall to be a leader in holistic end-of-life care. We want to embed a different and less isolating approach to palliative care in our communities, working alongside the wonderful teams at Marie Curie, Age UK, and Cornwall Hospice Care.”

These day-long workshops for carers – held in a converted barn surrounded by gardens in Devoran – take a person-centred approach to meeting the emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual wellbeing of people nearing the end of life.

Designed to ‘care for the carers’, rest and rejuvenation is encouraged as participants are nourished by healthy food, and a range of beneficial wellbeing practices are offered, from walking to singing, yoga to aromatherapy.

NODAC also offers a companionship service by fully trained Soul Midwives for people who are palliative or at the end of life.

To find out more any of the services and workshops offered by No One Dies Alone Cornwall CIC, click here.