The May News Edition!
Updated: May 9
We can finally say that Spring has sprung and so have some amazing community opportunities!
Wellbeing Ambassador drop-ins
Tuesday's 2- 4 pm @ Streatham Leisure Centre, 390 Streatham High Rd, London SW16 6HX
Friday's 2-5 pm @ St Mark's Church, Kennington Park Rd, London SE11 4PPon-the-ground
Ambassadors maintain a regular, on-the-ground presence whilst engaging the community in conversations surrounding health and wellbeing.
They can signpost and refer to other services and assist patients to get to appointments and other activities (dependent on availability). Ambassadors are also on hand on the wellbeing bus most days!
News from the Norwood Forum
Please see attached the Spring/Summer programme and flyer for Froglife’s Dementia Friendly nature on the prescription project, Wild Times.
The Wild Times group is based at Streatham Common Rookery every Thursday from 10 am.
Sessions are inclusive; primarily aimed at people on the journey of dementia and those over 55s with low to medium health, wellbeing, and social needs but we will consider any referral and welcome community members. Sessions are free to participants thanks to funding from The City Bridge Trust.
Sessions are currently quite active but meet the requirements of people with low to medium access and mobility needs. This summer I hope to establish seated tabletop activities to increase opportunities for people with lower mobility.
Our Social Media Safety course - Leaflet attached and Information sheet attached.
Our new Wednesday Coffee and Cost of Living Club - 2- 4 - Leaflet attached.
National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)
https://local.nihr.ac.uk/lcrn/south-london/ This organisation is the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) South London. They help to increase the opportunities for people to take part in health and social care research, which will lead to better care, treatments, and health preventative measures.
They promote 2 initiatives:
1) Be Part of Research (BPoR) is an online service that provides an opportunity to help members of the public understand what health research is and what it might mean to take part, as well as showing what research is currently happening across the UK. https://bepartofresearch.nihr.ac.uk/
2) JDR is a service that allows people to register their interest in participating in dementia research and be matched to suitable studies. You can register your details to allow researchers to contact you should you fit the criteria for a research study. Registration is for anyone who is 18+, with or without dementia. This is the link to the website: https://www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk/
Healthwatch Lambeth Event
For Mental Health Awareness week the event is open to everyone, staff, service users, volunteers, and anyone who lives in Lambeth.
Additionally, if anyone from external Boroughs is interested feel free to share!
News from Streatham PCN
The 'Help Yourself to Better Health' event that was organised by some of the Streatham Patient Group members was held in Baldry Gardens on Thursday 24th March.
Several professional speakers attended and their talks were filmed.
These have now been uploaded to YouTube and here are the links to view them:
TALK A (RESPIRATORY ISSUES) – https://youtu.be/wlF9aOz3FNc
TALK B (DEMENTIA AWARENESS) – https://youtu.be/NuTdbftKNQc
TALK C (DIABETES) – https://youtu.be/OpjymL-Es7w
TALK D (CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT) – https://youtu.be/4LSpcL7GMVg
TALK E (ADVANCE CARE MANAGEMENT) – https://youtu.be/Bl4Z5R9U7Js
Some pleasant news for a Streatham resident who is a professional jazz and soul singer. Maxyne got in touch to share she has a new single coming out on May 6th called " positivity"
I have attached a snippet and look forward to listening to the full version!
Feel free to email us if you have any local community projects you want to be shared or promoted via Thrivingstreatham@gmail.com
As ever take care, stay safe, and stay connected!