12th-19th November 2023 marks Interfaith Week, a week dedicated to celebrating all faiths whilst acknowledging and building on the contribution which their members make to the wider society.
To mark this week, we caught up with our new Outreach Manager, Farzana Aziz, whose role is pivotal in highlighting Wakefield Hospice’s inclusiveness when it comes to embracing and supporting individuals of all faiths and backgrounds.
Although Wakefield Hospice has always prided itself on being “a hospice for everyone”, our statistics have recently highlighted how some groups and sections within the local community have been underrepresented when it comes to receiving care. The role of Outreach Manager was therefore introduced to find out more about why this trend exists, and promote hospice care within Wakefield to a greater diverse audience.
Farzana: “My role at Wakefield Hospice sees me manage our efforts to engage with underrepresented communities across the Wakefield district, fostering understanding and ensuring that all of our care services are accessible to all.
“Throughout my career I have worked with individuals and groups from a wide variety of faiths, backgrounds and cultures. I am so pleased to be able to bring my experience to Wakefield Hospice, helping to bridge the gap between our hospice and the diverse communities we serve, whilst highlighting Wakefield Hospice as a place for people of all faiths and none.”
Through a range of outreach initiatives, Farzana’s role will see her actively engaging with faith leaders, community groups, and individuals, helping to dispel misconceptions about hospice care and emphasise Wakefield Hospice’s commitment to providing compassionate and culturally sensitive support to all.
Farzana: “As a Muslim Outreach Manager, I am passionate about ensuring that our hospice is a welcoming and inclusive space for individuals of all faiths and backgrounds.
"Here at Wakefield Hospice we believe that palliative care should be accessible to everyone, and through my outreach efforts, I am looking forward to both building bridges of understanding, whilst ensuring that our services are tailored to meet the specific needs of our diverse community."
If you would like to find out more about Wakefield Hospice and the care services provided, please visit call us on 01924 331400 or to contact our Outreach Manager please email firstname.lastname@example.org.