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The Congregation of Sisters Hospitallers is an international Religious Congregation. As a result, we provide health care to people with physical and mental disabilities, people who are elderly or suffering with dementia and other illnesses in accordance with our founding charism.

The Congregation of Sisters Hospitallers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was founded in Ciempozuelos (Madrid, Spain) on 31st May 1881. Above all, it arose as a response to the situation of neglect in health and the social exclusion of people with psychiatric illnesses of that time.

In addition, the traditional neglect of the sick and the lack of adequate public health care was noticeable in the lives of many people. Consequently, those with psychiatric or physical disabilities, scrofula, tuberculosis and other illnesses were marginalised and left to their own resources.

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From the moment of its foundation, the Congregation has had among its primary objectives the provision of complete care and acceptance of the sick in its centres.

That is to say, the physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects imbued with a deeply human attitude, excellent quality of treatment and the greatest respect for the fundamental rights of the person. We aim to care for the person in her/his entirety, working to maintain or reinsert the person into society and in defence of her/his dignity.

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Our various canonical Provinces oversee charitable and medical work in 26 countries worldwide. The English Province, therefore, is involved with work in the UK, as well as Ghana and Liberia and headquartered in London.

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In fulfilling our mission, we count on the support of co-workers and volunteers. As a result, together with the Sisters, they contribute with their professional abilities and personal dedication to the sick, in order to attain the objective of offering health care of the highest quality.

There are many ways to join our mission. You can join us as a Sister, as a co-worker or as a volunteer. If you are looking for an opportunity to make a difference, this is your place.

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If you share our concern for the wellbeing of the sick, the elderly and the marginalised across the world, you can put your compassion into action by making a donation to our charity. All of our work relies on the generosity of kind people who give what they can to support our work. Most importantly, every donation makes a difference.

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Useful Links

Alzheimer’s Society – Care and research charity for people with dementia, providing information, education and support for carers and more.

Dementia UK – Provides information for caregivers and healthcare professionals.

Age Concern – dedicated to improving the life of the elderly in the UK.

A centre for the exchange of information for Catholics and all people of God, to help them deepen their understanding of our Catholic faith.

Skills for Care – an organisation aiming to develop and improve national standards for adult social care.

Caring for Someone – Government’s information for carers