The PPG welcomes your involvement at any level, and value any time you can give to help with our projects.
We have several projects that you could help with through our main PPG and/or the Virtual PPG:
Suggestions and opinions:
Community feedback is valued by our Practice and is key to ensuring constant improvement.
Our volunteers encourage vaccination; they marshal patients at all flu clinics, helping to streamline the flow of patients to health professionals.
This year the ad hoc flu clinics will run at certain hours on weekdays (excepting Thursdays) during the weeks commencing 24th September 2018 and 1st October 2018. Exact times will be confirmed closer to the dates.
The Saturday Flu Clinic will run on Saturday 6th October 2018 between 8.30 and 11.30.
Volunteer Information Provision:
Under the guidance of our Area Co-ordinator, volunteers will work in pairs within the Surgery to discuss social issues with individual patients, provide information, give appropriate assistance (e.g. help with form filling), and signpost individuals to specific sources of support. It will be stressed that volunteers are not Advisors. Training will be provided.
Health Education Displays:
Eye-catching health promotion displays are provided within our waiting rooms, the main display changes each month. We would value help in setting up these displays from anyone who is artistic. We also value suggestions for these projects.
Help with maintenance of our garden areas is welcomed. The Dialysis Garden and area in front of the Well Pharmacy have been established with a huge amount of help from Earl Shilton in Bloom; both areas are both admired by patients, but need tlc during the dry summer months. Our wildlife area at the side of the Surgery is particularly beautiful in spring, but needs keeping under control. The small area underneath the sign at the top of the Drive is also planted and kept by our volunteers. Any help from green-fingered patients or those with just an hour to spare would be welcomed.
Our members have secured a plot on the Breech Lane Allotments for any member of our local community who would like to grow their own produce, chat whilst digging, receive advice and support from existing Allotment holders. This is a project to address all aspects of loneliness, enable individuals to get out into the fresh air, learn new skills, and enjoy this friendly environment. Seeds and plants are provided – there is no outlay for participants. Call the Area Co-ordinator, Kerry Smith on 07947949721 for more information.
To encourage people to stay healthy through exercise, Earl Shilton Walking Group was established way back in 2009. Through the years the group has grown and now around 30 people take part in our weekly walk.This is a very informal group, those who wish to join us just gather together in the centre of town, near the War Memorial, at 10am every Tuesday morning.
Our weekly walks normally go ahead regardless of the weather conditions. We are led from the Hollow by experienced guides on various routes around our town, walking for around one hour. This activity also has a social focus, one member commenting 'I was so involved in the conversation I couldn't recall where we had been'. Afterwards some of the walkers join together for a welcome coffee and biscuit in the Methodist Church, others just go home.
There is no membership, just 50p for the coffee, or pre-booking; people are free to join us whenever they wish.
Continued development and updating of our PPG website is essential in order that patients are aware of what the PPG is doing. Computer literate volunteers are needed for this job.
Contributions are always welcome, we really do need volunteers to take responsibility for this publication.
Working with one of our members on Press Releases which publicise our activities and campaigns.
Attendance at Health-related Meetings:
We normally send a PPG representative to all relevant meetings in the area and county. These are often interesting, informative events which enhance personal knowledge and provide inspiration and ideas for our particular group.