The Practice Health Champions


Your story

Our aim is to improve the Physical and Mental well being of people living in Craven.

We provide support within the Community for the elderly, socially isolated and lonely within the Skipton area.

Group introduction

Our group of Volunteers were formed in June 2015 with encouragement and support from the Fisher Medical Centre and a project team from the NHS. We operate for the express purpose of providing support to the elderly, lonely and infirm through a number of social groups and activities created and run by our volunteers.
We currently have 15 volunteers, all of whom are DBS certificated to be able to work with vulnerable adults. The PHCs have our own Constitution, a Chair person, a treasurer and Secretary and 3 other committee members. The Committee meet monthly and produce minutes which are circulated to our volunteers and Practice contacts at Fisher and Dynley Medical Centres. We produce monthly accounts and our year end is 30th June, the accounts are audited by a qualified accountant during July and our AGM in 2018 will be on 30th July.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

Our social groups and activities are targeted at the elderly, infirm, lonely, those with early onset dementia, stroke victims, Cancer Support etc. We rely on grant funding and our own fund raising to be able to pay for room hire for our group meetings, art and craft materials for art and craft group, refreshments for those attending our groiup activities, transport costs for summer trips out etc.
I attach an image of the poster used to promote our successful fund raising Coffee Morning in Carleton showing just 4 of our active groups.
Our volunteers won the award for the Best Patient Group at the first ever Airdale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG awards in October 2017 (see image attached).
Our groups make a real difference to the lives of the people we work with and a Grassroots Giving Grant will enable us to continue these activities into the future when we expect there will be even more demand for such services.

"Rachel Websdale, General Manager of the Modality Partnership of which Fisher Medical Centre is a member, was quoted in the Craven Herald on 5th October 2017 as follows;
" The time the PHCs dedicate is so valuable to patients and a key element in the holistic approach of the practice to caring for patients, especially those who are suffering issues with mental health, and have been formally recognised by the CCG for the fantastic work they do""

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