St Oswald’s was founded in the 1970’s thanks to the drive and determination of our founders, who felt so strongly that the people of the North East of England should benefit from hospice care, that they set about campaigning for it.
Following a launch appeal in 1982, the hospice opened it's doors in 1986.
Over the years, our campaigning role has involved forging partnerships and driving forward an agenda to mainstream hospice care.
Today, we work with a number of partner agencies, most notably Hospice UK and Together for Short Lives, to campaign collectively with other UK hospices about issues affecting adults, young people, babies and children with life limiting conditions.
Most recently, we’ve campaigned for better provision of transition services for young adults.
In 2012 we devised and published a report called "Living longer than you thought I would" with support from Marie Curie Cancer Care Young People and Transition Programme. The report aimed to better understand the situation, needs and aspirations of young people with life limiting conditions who are growing into adulthood. The publication was launched at a high visibility event in London, aimed at government ministers and policy makers, as well as local MP’s to garner their support.
Building on this work we are also now regional lead for the ‘Transition Taskforce’. The Taskforce is a national initiative involving agencies such as Together for Short Lives, Hospice UK, Marie Curie and the National Council for Palliative Care.
The aim of the Transition Taskforce is to ensure young people approaching adulthood with life limiting conditions make the transition to adult services and live their lives as independently as possible according to their wishes, whilst receiving the care and support they - and their carers - need.