Dr Richard Wright is a GP at Caterham Valley Medical Practice and the Growing Health Together GP lead for the North Tandridge area, covering Caterham, Warlingham, Whyteleafe and surrounding areas.
Richard is working with a wide range of citizens and local partners to support the establishment of new health-creating initiatives that respond to locally-identified need, and to support and promote existing projects that are supporting health and wellbeing in the area.
A small selection of these projects may be found below. For more information, please follow the links provided or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Growing Health Together were one of several partners in the Caterham area who came together to respond to a need expressed by young people for more fun activities to do in the evening in a safe environment. With support from Active Surrey and Our Time Youth Agency, the Friday Night Project was born, hosted by Freedom Leisure at De Stafford Sports Centre in Caterham.
It runs every Friday in term time, offering sports, dance, games, music, football, gym, badminton, boxfit and much more to young people aged between 11 and 16 years. The programme is shaped by the young people attending, who report improvements in their mental, physical and social health and wellbeing.
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Growing Health Together has supported the Prospero Theatre Company to continue running the Friday Club for people with disabilities and mental health conditions at The Arc in Caterham. The Friday Club has been supporting individuals with mental ill-health and disabilities since 2010. The Friday Club is about social inclusion and ownership and is run every Friday for 48 weeks of the year from 9.30-3.30pm.
Responding to increased reports of loneliness and low mood amongst care home residents following the pandemic, Growing Health Together programme manager Amanda Johnlewis acted swiftly to introduce the Intergenerational Music Making project to East Surrey, kicking off in the North Tandridge area. Children from local schools have been making music, having fun and being active with people living in care homes, with superb feedback from all participants and those supporting them.
A formal evaluation of the project by South Bank university is underway, and we will share the results of this when available. This was just the first round and there is more to come! Watch this space!
Wellbeing initiatives have been launched for NHS staff at Townhill practice, by administrator Jade Whaley, supported by Dr Radhika Vohra, local GP and former Growing Health Together GP lead. Together they have also been supporting a revitalised Practice Health Champions initiative at the practice.
Practice Health Champions are volunteers who are working alongside practice staff with the aim of building on an already social and friendly community. They run a regular coffee morning for patients of the surgery, with further activities planned. For more details and updates, see Introducing our Health Champions | Townhill Medical Practice
The Westway Community Cafe and Wellbeing Centre is a warm and inclusive community hub, offering a phenomenal range of services, facilities and activities for people of all ages living in Caterham.
From Men in Sheds, to Tai Chi, seated exercise, competitive Paralympic sport Boccia, flower arranging, singing and a repair cafe, there is a huge range of health-creating activities on offer for low cost.
As their medical advisor, Growing Health lead Dr Wright is working closely with the Westway to encourage even more people to benefit from all that is on offer, and to support its seamless integration with health services for people of all ages, as well its long term sustainability.
For their current timetable and more information please visit The Westway