The picnic in Leek Park was a spontaneous suggestion. Stephen suggested the date after consulting his weather oracle then John put forward the idea of Leek Park to show support for our members who live in Staffordshire Moorlands. On the morning of the picnic, it was wet and overcast. However, as the agreed time approached, the sky cleared and the sun came out. The conditions were ideal. In all, twelve people attended including a bunch of delightful folk from Leek who included individuals new to the group. In order to cater for members with mobility issues, we chose a spot close to the car park. Another visit is definitely foreseen when we could explore more of the park.
The hybrid pattern of meetings is likely to continue for the immediate future. In May the Zoom meetings have seen lots of lively debate. Towards the end of the month, our WhatsApp group went live. Although the group was set up by Andrew, it is unmoderated. This means that its members need to be mindful of respecting other members who may hold different views to themselves. We hope to have a few guidelines in place soon. Please remember the OLGBT group is an inclusive group that welcomes LGBTQ+ people who share our aims and objectives: we aim to create safe spaces for everyone to meet whether online or in person.
May’s in person meeting at Fenton Town Hall was largely taken up by a rescheduled presentation on abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). Jenny and Jo from the Royal Stoke Hospital gave a short oral presentation outlining the condition. They explained what an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is and what happens when you go for screening. The AAA screening check is a simple free ultrasound scan. Click here for more details
The prevalence of AAA amongst older men came as news to many of us who thought aneurysms affected men and women equally. Predictably, interaction with the group was enthusiastic with lots of pertinent questions…which extended the presentation longer than anticipated. One of the questions raised was if the local screening programme included trans women. Whatever the existing provisions, the issue of trans people being potentially overlooked by screening plans is now on the local agenda. Click here for more information on screenings for trans and non-binary people .
We are pleased to continue our involvement in the Community Health Champions Initiative led by Voluntary Action Stoke-on-Trent (VAST).
Over the last month we have promoted self care fact sheets lung health checks and Covid Recovery
Some of our members and supporters have been unlucky enough to get Covid despite all their precautions and best efforts to avoid it.
Most people recover from COVID 19 quite quickly, but some people may experience symptoms that last for weeks or months after the infection has gone away. If you are recovering from COVID-19 you may need to manage the effects that the virus has had on your body and your mind. This NHS website with tips and advice on recovering from COVID-19 can help.
We send out Community Health Champions health tips in our weekly emails. You can also catch up on the latest stuff at our in person meetings where we have a small display board and printed materials you can take away.
We are delighted to report that our recent application to the Community Foundation for a Discover Digital Innovation Grant has been successful. This grant is being used to give our website a makeover, to support the promotion of digital skills and to buy a decent new mobile phone.
We are using our new mobile phone to host a WhatsApp chat group for members and supporters who are engaged with our online and in person social activities. This WhatsApp chat can help us to:
- Support each other between meetings
- Exchange information about upcoming events and activities
- Arrange informal meet ups
- Learn new digital skills
The telephone number has not changed, it is still 07757 750255
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