Jo Evans writes...
The month of May has not been very clement weather-wise but there has been plenty of ‘ sunshine’ here at Rotherfield St Martin with many new faces in our membership, a couple of excellent talks and an increase in visitors to the RSM Centre.
With two bank holidays we only had two Monday meetings but both were very good. David Allam, former High Sheriff of East Sussex came to share his passion for The South of England Show of which he is Chairman. He told us about the history of the show and how it has developed over the years, how it is funded and the amazing number of volunteers who keep it going each year. We are hoping to make a visit there next year.
In total contrast we had a visit from Simon Wilson, Physiotherapist from Community Rehab Service (Crowborough) and Practice Development Facilitator who is part of a team putting together a ‘Patient Experience Strategy’ for the local health authority. This is aiming to make sure that patients have a good experience when visiting local hospitals. He told us about his background and work, and his passion for making sure patients receive the best possible care in hospitals. This introduction led to an interactive session with those present which was very lively, many folks sharing both positive & negative experience either in A&E, Outpatients or on a ward. Simon went off with many comments which will assist in the development of this strategy. If anyone is interested we have a copy of the 8 commitments promised by East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
Our health programme is growing and developing as we look after the physical, mental, & social needs of members. The exercise sessions both in house and at Freedom Leisure are very well attended and having very positive results as are the hydrotherapy sessions. We would like to encourage more people from the community to come and have a try at some of these fun activities which are helping to promote health and wellbeing among participants.
Our Dementia Support Group has had a second meeting and Chris Walton Turner came to speak to carers and show a DVD about the condition. We are definitely going to continue this group and again would welcome anyone else from the community who would like some support. Please ring the office on 01892 853021.
Additionally the group coming for Day Care on alternate Thursdays are having a great time and are feeling very supported and pleased to have a day out. Melissa Brackley is doing a great job leading activities and much thanks to RSM befrienders for volunteering and cooking lunches.
Our Charity Shop has made a brilliant start. Samantha Dahman, the Manager is doing a superb job, recruiting excellent volunteers, displaying the goods and collecting donations from round and about often in ‘Bert’ our van! Do make a visit if you haven’t already. There is some superb stock for sale.
The June Diary is published in this edition and as you will see is once again full and comprehensive.
A few reminders: Holiday at Home is beginning to fill up so if you want to come along you need to get your application form in as soon as possible; we close for the summer break on Friday 19th July but the Volunteer Driver Scheme will continue throughout August depending on availability of drivers. Finally, although far off, our Annual AGM is on Monday18th November at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.