Compassionate Lanarkshire (CLAN)

CLAN offers emotional,  support to help individuals and families to achieve the best possible quality of life in their own home.

About Compassionate Lanarkshire

Compassionate Lanarkshire (CLAN) is a partnership project between Kilbryde, St Andrew’s,  and Strathcarron Hospices which aims to support vulnerable and isolated individuals and carers in Lanarkshire affected by a life-limiting illness including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease and progressive neurological conditions.

The team offer emotional, therapeutic, and practical support to help individuals and families identify their strengths and build on them to achieve the best possible quality of life.

Aims of CLAN


The CLAN team will work with individuals and carers in their own homes and communities to; identify and build on their strengths, increase knowledge and understanding, manage stress and anxiety,  improve their mental health and wellbeing, identify and access services, supports and opportunities: all with the aim of reducing isolation, loneliness and developing coping strategies.

A meeting with patient and Kilbryde Hospice Staff

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Complementary Therapy

CLAN provide a range of Complementary Therapies supporting the person’s existing plan of care.  Our aim is to improve a sense of well-being through empowering and enabling patients and carers to care for their own health as much as possible.  There are many different routes to this – we aim to find the one that is right for you. CLAN Complementary Therapy referrals begin with a consultation (often via telephone, or video via Attend Anywhere). During this your therapist will discuss your wellbeing and offer ways that our team can offer you support.

When appropriate our therapists can carry out home visits to provide therapy treatments which are adapted to suit each patient and their surroundings.

Previous feedback from patients who have received therapies described improvement in their stress and anxiety levels and also in overall health and wellbeing.

“In many ways, the care and compassion provided by (therapist) brought me back to myself. I’m indebted to the Complementary Therapy team at the hospice for changing my life for the better.”

CLAN patient


 The CLAN Co-ordinator or Link Worker will identify if clients or carers would benefit from regular support from a Volunteer Befriender. Once agreed our staff will match the Befriender to the needs of the client / carer.

The befriender’s  role is to provide friendship, support, and short-term respite to the carer. The befriender can also assist with helping people re-engage with their local community. Below you will find some recent feedback received from a patient who has benefited from a befriender.

You recently started having a befriended from Kilbryde Hospice, can you tell me what benefits having a befriended has brought to you?

Breaks up my day.

What does it mean to be befriended? 

To be paired with someone with similar interests.

Would you recommend it to anybody else who is in the same position as you?

Yes, highly recommend.


The CLAN Co-ordinator and Link Worker will offer support to clients and carers in their own home, via telephone or video call, and will be the key contact. Specific needs will be identified following an assessment and suggested services will be offered to benefit all concerned. The role of the CLAN  Coordinator and Link Worker will be to provide information and expertise appropriate to each individual’s needs.

CLAN patients and their families will be encouraged and supported to use online resources available. Our role includes supporting clients and carers to get online and to help them stay more connected with friends and family. We do this by working with organisations that support the most vulnerable to get online and also offer support and guidance via telephone. This can reduce boredom and isolation. 


Referral Criteria


For referral to Outpatient Services please ask your GP or specialist nurse to refer you using the following form below. If you experience any delays you can also self-refer for these services. Please call Clinical Admin on 01355 202020 option 3 to speak to one of our team who will take your details.

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