Natasha’s Blog: Three Angels at The Health Watch Event 2017

The Three Angels of Equal Lives

Jen and Hazel having a good giggle!

Today Hazel, Jen and Caroline set up stall at the forum to promote our services at the Health Watch AGM event. It was fantastic to see other charities and organisations get involved. There was also a group of children upstairs in Pizza Express who seemed very excited about the prospect of making their own pizzas!

The Health Watch event is a great opportunity for people to find out more about the many services Equal Lives offers- these include “Your Care, Your Way, which is a service that allows you to remain independent at home. We also offer information, advice and support with our IAA services. Hazel was approached by a lovely gent who said his mother used out services. However, Hazel, Jen and Caroline were apparently “three angels” for providing such a wonderful service. It was lovely to hear such positive feedback.

Meeting and greeting

I took a little bit of time to introduce myself to stall holders. Funnily enough, someone had wondered if I was from the EDP! I think it was because I was carrying my brand new camera about! The stall holders had such a plethora of knowledge between them, and I ended up having quite a long chat with Steve Nunn who was running the Community Action Norfolk stand. CAN support voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations across Norfolk. The offer lots of advice and support for those thinking of setting up a new organisation. You can get more information about them on their website: http://www.communityactionnorfolk.org.uk/sites/

community action norfolk stand

Steve Nunn at the Community Action Norfolk stand

The other stands included Autism Anglia, Access Community Trust, Break, Agespace and The Hamlet. The Hamlet is a fab charity, especially for children. They offer Nuture Groups for babies, children’s activities groups, sensory rooms and more.. Do check them out here: http://thehamletcharity.org.uk/home/

Opening up about Mental Health

Health Watch also had their own stand, which had an interactive voting system for how well we felt health services were run in Norfolk. I took a big bold leap and popped a red “unhappy” token into the mental health services box. Jordon, who was running the stand, asked me why and I told him about how long waiting lists had been to see a counsellor when I had tried to access the services. I had ended up having to pay for private therapy instead. The were really responsive and kind, and I happily filled in a survey, which I hope will make some sort of change! Looking forward to our Oct 10th event where we will be having a Duvet Day in the office. I’ll be documenting this, and doing a live feed from Facebook, so stay tuned!

Well,I do hope that I can get out and about more. I’d love to report on exciting events which are happening around Norfolk and beyond.

Natasha

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