Moving talk praised unpaid carers

Plympton ‘Moving On’ Stroke Club

CLUB REPS:  Plympton 'Moving On' Stroke Club meets every  two weeks at  Pocklington Rise, Ridgeway

WE MET on Wednesday, September 4 and welcomed a new member, Dorothy, as well as previous members.​
  1. CLUB REPS: Plympton ‘Moving On’ Stroke Club meets every two weeks at Pocklington Rise, Ridgeway

A presentation was given by John McKenna and Sarah Moore from The Guild (Carers Hub).

John passed around a quiz on carers. One fact from the quiz was that there is thought to be around 27000 carers in the Plymouth area and the estimated value of unpaid caring support in the UK is a staggering £115 billion.

  The winning team of the quiz were Gloria, Sue, Viv and Steve.

We were advised of a service provided by the Red Cross – a massage for hands, arms and shoulders to help relieve some of those stresses and strains.

The group was also informed of help and advice from Advice Plymouth on the many changes affecting both disabled and carers alike.

We thanked John and Sarah for their informative presentation.

At our meeting on September 18, we listened to a brief talk by Charlotte Bailey from the NHS Stroke Research unit at Derriford Hospital.

Members were asked for feedback on the way the club was being run and what they would like to happen in meetings going forward.

We were also shown some recent purchases thanks to the generous grant from The Devon Community Foundation.

Our venue for this year’s Christmas meal will be at the Beefeater, Marsh Mills, on December 11.

The committee are currently working on our programme of events for 2014 where we are looking to arrange a balanced range of speakers and activities that are informative and interesting for our members.

We are also looking to continue inviting one or two local suppliers to talk to the group about how their business operates in the Plymouth and South West area.

So if you are interested or can help in anyway, please call Tony Stoneman on 07834 276371.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 2, at Pocklington Rise, George Lane, Ridgeway with guest speaker Paul Winterton from Langage Farm.

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