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At Ardgowan Hospice we appreciate that living with a life limiting illness can be difficult.

Moving Forward is a free interactive programme for anyone living in the Inverclyde area who is affected by such conditions. The programme is 12 weeks long, with each weekly session lasting half a day.

You will meet others in a similar situation, and together explore how you can make the most of your condition by improving your wellbeing.

Over the 12 weeks we will look at different ways to get active, understand how to manage physical symptoms, how to manage your emotional wellbeing and help you with practical support around finance.

Every member of the programme will get time with one of our facilitators to make sure we explore the key areas that are causing concern or difficulty in your everyday life. Our aim is that by the end of the programme, you will be able to manage things better for yourself. But, don’t worry, if there are areas of life that still trouble you, we’ll make sure you are able to access further support either from our team or another agency.

How to make a referral

The programme is open to anyone:
  • who has a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness
  • lives in Inverclyde
  • is over 18
  • can travel to the venue independently

If you want to find out more, or want to apply to join a programme near where you live, just give us a call on 01475 726830, and ask to speak to one of the Patient and Family Support Team.

Referrals can also be made by GPs, Specialist Nurses, or other Health Care Professionals by completing the following form and contacting

Please confirm you have consent from the patient to make the referral.



What's included in the programme?

The sessions are informal and welcoming, putting everyone at ease.

There’s always a cuppa and some cake!

And there are always activities focused on different relaxation techniques for you to discover.

Over the 12 weeks you can expect to have sessions on:

  • Stress management and relaxation
  • Physiotherapy
  • Managing your emotions
  • Managing physical symptoms (including pain, nausea and constipation)
  • Making the best of what we eat and drink
  • Practical advice, including financial advice