Practice health champions

Practice health champions

 

What are Practice Health Champions?

Practice Health Champions are a group of community members who are working with the doctors and other staff of the Smallfield Surgery to support and improve the services that the practice offers.

 

In addition they are developing and leading a number of activities that are sponsored by the Smallfield Surgery to improve the health and wellbeing of patients and all members of the community. These activities are intended to create opportunities and benefits for the wider community and contribute to a sense of community spirit.

 

Community Activities

Activities currently lead by the Champions include:-

  • Coffee Morning - every Wednesday in the Church Hall
  • Walking Group - 1st Tuesday of each month
  • Stress Buster Wellbeing Classes - 1st Saturday of each month in the Surgery
  • Assistance with the use of computers and smart phones - every Friday afternoon in the Surgery
  • Book Reading Club - 1st Thursday of the month in the Surgery
  • Diabetes Group
  • Free DIY Support

Full details of these activities are shown on the Posters in the waiting rooms in the Surgery.

 

Further activities are being considered including the possibility of a transport service as part of a Good Neighbour Scheme.

 

The first attachment gives details of the activities lead by the Champions, and the second attachment is a list of the general community activities available across the Parish.

 

Activities list (PHC)

Activities List (Community)

 

Timebank

Timebanking Scheme

The Practice Health Champions activities are complementary to the Timebanking Scheme which is also sponsored and is being coordinated by the Smallfield Surgery.

 

How the scheme works - A Timebank member can choose to give an hour of their time for example taking an older person to the local shops, and in return can spend that hour earned on anything which other members are offering, perhaps receiving help with gardening, IT support or companionship. It is up to each member how much time they put in or take out of the Timebank.

 

 

Meetings

 

Wednesday coffee mornings are held each week (10:30 - 12:30 in the Church Hall opposite the shops) which provides an opportunity to meet people and chat.

 

A 'Dementia Friends' meeting was held in June and other health information discussion meetings lead by Dr Raina are being arranged.

 

The Champions meet as a group regularly to discuss and improve their activities, and are often joined by other organisations such as Surrey CC Social Care, Wellbeing Prescription, and All-Together-Better groups.

 

For more information contact the Surgery 01342 843822 and see the Posters in the Surgery waiting rooms.