About us

We are an independent hospice founded in 1993 by monks and nuns from Skanda Vale multi-faith monastery. One unique feature of our hospice is that we have very few paid staff – our team is made up, almost entirely, of highly skilled volunteers.

Our volunteer team contribute an average 3181 hours each month
Our paid staff contribute an average 210 hours each month

Patient-centred care is about being the patient, yourself. It’s about identifying yourself with that patient. So it’s about having that incredible sensitivity. That is what transforms people. That’s what a patient says is a tangible experience of love when they come through the door. That’s half the battle done.

Brother Michael, Chair of trustees

Our vision

To positively influence a future in which everyone within our community works together to support those facing life-limiting illnesses, so that we may all live well and die well on our own terms.

Our mission

Our mission is to provide the very best care that we can. Our belief is that a person’s mental, emotional, and spiritual needs are as important as their physical or medical ones. It is from this foundation that we provide each person with tailored care, based on their individual wants and needs that will enable them to reach their full potential, extending our care to their family and friends too.

We deliver our care by bringing together compassionate individuals who want to donate their skills and time to provide, free supportive care and respite to people affected by life-limiting illnesses.

Our values

COMPASSION: Compassion is at the heart of what we do, expressed by human kindness, generosity and a deep commitment to the wellbeing of everyone we care for and work with.

HUMANITY: We understand that a person’s care needs are not just medical or physical and that emotional, mental or spiritual needs may even be more important. Therefore, we will always offer care that starts with the person, not the condition, and will seek to support people in achieving their full potential. We apply this to our volunteers too and ensure that their needs are respected, and we value them as people and offer them the chance to learn and grow while working with us to deliver our mission.

TRUST: We never judge, and we accept people as who they are. We encourage openness and honesty when communicating with people, and build relationships where people know that they can entrust us with their greatest vulnerabilities, being confident that we will keep them safe.

RESPECT: We respect all people, their culture and their beliefs – be they religious or otherwise – and will not tolerate prejudice. We respect the wishes, boundaries and confidentiality of our volunteers, service users and their families at all times.

COMMITMENT: We are fully committed to the wellbeing of those in our care and supporting them at each stage on their journey with us. As volunteers, we take our commitment to the people in our care and those we work with seriously and understand the importance of our roles, and dedication required to provide a consistently excellent standard of care.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Everyone who works in the Hospice, whether they are paid or donating their time, works to the highest standard of accountability, adhering to requirements on quality assurance, policies and regulations of Health Inspectorate Wales. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of safety for our patients, their friends and family and volunteers to protect the time, money, and resources entrusted to us.

A short history

Guru Sri Subramanium – founder of Skanda Vale Hospice

Guru Sri Subramanium

In 1987 Skanda Vale’s founder, Guru Sri Subramanium, had a serious heart attack. As he was recovering in hospital, he became acutely aware of the loneliness and fear of some of his fellow patients.

There was an elderly man in the last few days of his life in the bed next to Guru, with no friends or family to comfort him. The hospital staff attended to his medical needs, but the pressure of time meant they couldn’t give him the companionship, reassurance and love that he really needed. He died alone, on a busy ward.

Guru was profoundly affected by his death; he couldn’t bear the thought that anyone could die in such a pitiful state. This single event was the inspiration to start Skanda Vale Hospice.

Meet the team!

Brother Jakob
Hospice Manager

Kiera Jones
Deputy Clinical Lead

Aquila Muir
Carer & Volunteer Coordinator

Sister Gemma
Carer, Arts & Crafts Coordinator

Sister Carol
Carer, Therapist & Shop Coordinator

Sister Ally
Carer & Fundraising Coordinator

Sister Luciana
Carer, Patient Transport & Housekeeping Coordinator

Sister Saskia
Carer & Catering Coordinator

People tell us, you know, all sorts of nonsense, that we’re angels – which we’re not at all. But people are overwhelmed by the love that somehow just flows so easily here. Patients have said; ‘There’s something here, I don’t know what it is, but there’s something… you can feel it!

Nicki Gilbert, Clinical Volunteer Coordinator

Join us!

We go to great lengths to make sure our volunteers feel valued and listened to, offering appropriate guidance, support and training. We’ll cover your expenses, local travel costs and can help with child care. For certain roles we can also arrange accredited training.

Find out more about volunteering