Ways to Wellbeing – Introductory Session

If you’ve been following our posts about Ways to Wellbeing, you might be interested in this introductory session run by Voluntary Action Lewisham all about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing!

Five Ways to Wellbeing – free introductory session 

Voluntary Action Lewisham has engaged with over 100 individuals in Lewisham, representing over 60 charities, in the Five Ways to Wellbeing. VAL is running an introductory session on Thursday 11 December.
This event is for staff and volunteers from Lewisham organisations and is aimed at those who have not attended a session previously.
Book now! This event is free – but booking online is essential.

Norah’s confidence soars!

I began working with Norah in March 2014. She had just experienced a painful and frightening fall whilst walking her dog. I went to visit Norah shortly after her fall to talk about how we could improve her situation. She had also recently lost a close friend and was feeling a little down. The following week Norah and I went to a singing group which was unfortunately cancelled. At the group we bumped into Sabrina who also works on the Community Connections project. Instead of going to the group we all went to the pensioners drop in at the Catford Broadway theatre café. We walked with Norah around the Catford centre. Afterwards, Norah said she’d enjoyed doing this and felt more confident walking after her fall. Norah was determined to get better and do her weekly shopping in Catford independently!

Whilst getting to know Norah, she told me about her love of ballroom dancing and the awards she had won in the past. We decided to find a new class to try. We went to “Dance into Retirement”, at Mycenae House in Blackheath. We met a lot of other dancers, Norah and I both found this very interesting and she even taught me some cha, cha, cha! Although Norah has not decided to attend regularly, she enjoyed finding out about the class, she also appreciated the sign posting to social groups provided by Community Connections.

Now in June, Norah has made an excellent recovery from her fall. She is lucky to have some really supportive neighbours who walk her dog and help out a lot, and she has some excellent friends who she’s been able to reconnect with. Norah stated that Community Connections “gave me confidence.” Norah said that she is no longer frightened to walk outdoors and that she feels more confident after going out with me and trying new experiences. Norah said that she will tell anyone who is experiencing a difficult time to contact us. Sabrina and I are still hoping that Norah will try out a group called Friendship Fridays, we think her dancing skills would be a great asset there!

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Community Connections at South Lewisham Group Practice

Thanks to the Patients in Participation Group and as part of a very successful Community Connections outreach programme, Trevor Pybus and Elaine Egan attended the South Lewisham Health Center in 50 Conisborough Crescent, Catford SE6 2SP on the morning of Friday 16 May.

The South Lewisham Group Practice provides primary care services for over 14,300 patients across Catford, Bellingham and Downham and the Practice’s Patients in Participation Group actively helps to promote quality services to be proud of.

Using the Health centre space allowed the team a unique opportunity to engage directly with the practice patients in the South Eastern Cluster. The morning quickly passed and we were able to get some direct referrals and one patient took three Community Connections information leaflets from us to pass onto her neighbours!

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For the next few months the Community Connections team will be at the South Lewisham Health Centre on the second Friday of the month, next visit 13 June. If you are in the area please come along and say hello.

 

For more information on the South Lewisham Health Centre Patients in Participation Group please go to www.southlewishamgrouppractice.co.uk. To attend the Friday morning information sessions please contact Alexandra Camies PPG Chair, on 07885 459175 email: ppgchair@btinternet.com or Dawn Lait, Practice Manager on 020 3049 2580, email: dawnlait@nhs.net.

Trevor Pybus

Community Connections CD worker for the South Eastern cluster

Email: Trevor.pybus@lewisham.gov.uk or downhamcommunityproject@hotmail.co.uk

07821 292317

Wheels for Wellbeing

 

I heard about ‘Wheels for Wellbeing’ from my colleague Henry, he was really enthusiastic about this project so I thought I’d give it shot. ‘Wheels for Wellbeing’ aim to make cycling accessible for everyone; they do this by providing an array of adapted cycles and intriguing contraptions! I asked a client of mine, James, whether he’d like to try it out. We were both a little unsure of what this activity would be like as James uses an electric wheelchair most of the time. When we arrived we saw that there was a wide choice of bicycles. We used a ‘Velo Plus Wheelchair bike’ the cyclist sits behind the wheelchair user, who sits securely in the front.

Click here to see a video!

This was an interesting experience for both of us and it was surprisingly easy to ride. We saw that there were people of various abilities using the bikes. One of the most interesting bikes was the ‘Handcycle’. This bike can be utilised by those who cannot use their legs. I tried it out, it’s good fun and is definitely a great arm workout! James was interested in trying out the ‘Handcycle’ in the future to build up his strength. James felt that he’d prefer to do this activity outdoors, ‘Wheels for Wellbeing’ have told us that they plan to do just that in Ladywell, Lewisham, once the weather picks up. I would strongly recommend this activity for anyone who’d like to get back into cycling or just try something a little different. It’s also a good chance to socialise and meet new people in your local area. This activity takes place each Tuesdays 12-1pm at Ladywell Day Centre.

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This is just a quick post to let you know about the Community Connections Launch Event on Thursday the 27th March 2014 from 12:00 to 15:00 in the Civic Suite in Catford, SE6 4RU.  There will be a good mix of speakers including Marjorie Mayo, Emeritus Professor of Community Development at Goldsmiths and Jacky Bourke-White, CEO of Age UK Lewisham and Southwark.  There will also be some workshops on reaching out to vulnerable people, volunteering and sustainable transport solutions, and a chance to meet some people we’ve been working with and supporting in the Borough.

A light lunch will be provided and there will be opportunity to network with other providers. Check out the flyer for the event for more info:

Community_Connections_Launch Flyer

Please come along if you can make it and would like to know more about the project and the people involved.  You can sign up via Eventbrite here.  We hope to see lots of you there!

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