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Government Access Point celebrates its first anniversary

Today is a great day for our Government Access Point (GAP) project team. It's their first anniversary and they have plenty to celebrate. Over the last year we've had wonderful feedback from the hospices we've worked with as well as, most importantly patients, their families and friends.

The GAP team was formed from a group of volunteers from across government. They bring their expertise in areas including tax, benefits, driving, and housing together to offer help and advice to people at a time when they need it most but may find it hard to seek it out themselves. GAP aims to lessen the burden and work with our partners in local hospices to make things just a little bit easier.

Today, the team are at Trinity hospital in Blackpool.

I was particularly impressed by the professionalism and approach of your staff in such a difficult environment. I know from our patients that you have taken away some of their worries at a difficult time in their life

Debra Green, Clinical Manager, Trinity Hospice

The big bike ride 17th May

Later on in the year, I'll be joining our Citizens Programme Lead, Jayne Krol on a charity bike ride to raise money for our partners at St Catherine's Hospice, Preston. We'll be riding 50 miles on the day and would very much like to collect as much money as we can for such a good cause by recruiting some more cyclists to our team.

If you're a civil servant in our area who wants to help us build stronger links with our partners and help raise some funds in the process, please get in touch with Glyn or Jayne for more details.
Thanks.