Wow! What a busy time November has been! The month began with us attending the Stepping into Nature at Kingston Maurward where we talked to lots of conference attendees and raised the profile of PPGs, explaining about the valuable work they do. From the conference we also made contact with some great groups in Dorset including an allotment project in Bridport and an art therapy group.
We attended several PPG meetings this month, both virtually and in-person. Gill visited the Sandford and Wellbridge PPGs where she was involved in many great conversations with the groups. At the Grove PPG she met several new members and heard about an Orienteering route for the town being developed by the PPG! She was also really pleased to see two sixth form pupils from the local Sherborne School joining the meeting as it’s so valuable to get opinions and feedback from younger patients. Online, Gill attended the Swanage PPG meeting where she heard about the great work the PPG are doing in supporting the surgery’s new website (see their case study). Gill also joined the online meeting of Westbourne Medical Centre PPG where the group welcomed their new Chair Peter Dow, who will take up the reins in the New Year. Welcome Peter!
Jim visited Wyke PPG, supported the Weymouth & Portland Chairs meeting and participated in the online Cerne Abbas PPG meeting where it was great to hear how the group have continued to support the practice’s covid and flu vaccination programme. He was really pleased to attend the Queens Avenue’s PPG meeting, which met for the first time since the outbreak of covid. There were new members and great ideas discussed for the new year including a possible practice open day, so watch this space!