PCHP celebrates at its 30th AGM tomorrow from 10.30 - 12.30 at our offices on Boswall Parkway.
Over the past 30 years the Project has had its ups and downs, but has been a consistent presence in the community, working with local people to find ways to improve health in the area.
During the meeting on Wednesday we will celebrate some of our key work, looking back and looking forward to things to come.
We will hear about (and get the chance to try it out) the NEW nutrition toolkit that has been developed by the food team at the project. This on-line resource aims to help local facilitators to deliver clear consistent healthy eating messages in a fun and interactive way. Memes Molina, food development worker at the project said 'Its been hard work to bring all these resources together but we think its worth it. The toolkit answers the questions that local people ask us about food and should give facilitators the confidence and some ready made activities to use with their groups. We tested it extensively with our groups and know it works'.
We'll hear from Alison Hughes, development worker with Women Supporting Women about how they are working with parents and children. We've been delivering PEEP sessions for more than a year now, and its proving very successful. During the sessions parents and children sing, play and tell stories. Parents find out more about how this helps their children learn and become more confident as they get older. Its a brilliant and fun way to improve long term outcomes for children. Parents tell us it helps them feel better about how they parent at home. Alison said 'I love doing the group and watching the families bond'.
Volunteers are an important part of the team at PCHP - and always have been. The physical activity team works closely with volunteers to great effect. We hear about new exercise classes that are being led by local volunteers and the brilliant and reliable walking volunteers who, between them, have over 25 years experience of leading health walks in the area. The volunteers have also taken a key role in developing resources to support others to get active. This includes the new choose to move on-line physical activity map which locals can use to find out about where classes are taking place as well as good routes to walk, cycle or run in the area. Without the willingness and dedication of the volunteers we would really struggle to run our events - and they certainly wouldn't be as safe, friendly and welcoming. For this reason we were delighted that they were recognised at a national level by Paths for All last week, when they won the Health Walk Group of the Year. Clare Symonds, physcial activity development worker said 'The award couldn't be more well deserved!'.
Jen Richards, Project Director, will launch our NEW website, bringing our on-line presence into the 21st century and providing a better interface for users. She said 'Its important that our on-line resources are as accessible as the work we do with people.'
Finally, new Counselling team leader, Carol Targett, will tell us about the good work of our Young people's counselling service. Carol, while new to the role of team leader, has been with the Young people's counselling service since it began 10 years ago, putting her in a good place to celebrate this important milestone. The school staff make good use of the service by signposting vulnerable people before their issues get the better of them. The counsellors are able to hear what the young people have to say and support them through any difficulties in a safe space. This leads to better educational attainment, and, most importantly, more confident young people who have the tools to deal with life's ups and downs.
Our latest Annual Report will be available at the AGM. You see highlights of what we achieved by looking at our impressive page turning version here. For a PDF version of the report to print out click here.
We continue to be inspired by what local people have achieved, whether it be the provision of the minor injuries unit at the Western General or more recently the impressive work that is going on with community gardens in the area. We hope we continue to be here, but only for so long as we are needed to support community initiatives to tackle health inequalites in the area.