Dr Anna Mustill is a GP at Oxted Health Centre and the Growing Health Together lead for the South Tandridge area, covering Oxted, Hurst Green, Godstone, Lingfield and surrounding areas.
Anna 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
Young people’s mental wellbeing has been a priority focus area in South Tandridge since the inception of Growing Health Together. Dr Anna Mustill has been working with school children and parents at Oxted School on a number of initiatives.
These include improved access to support for mental and physical health and wellbeing for sixth form students, and supporting the upgrade of wellbeing rooms at Oxted School to create a very nurturing and inclusive space. Feedback from the safeguarding team and young people using the rooms during mental health crises and/or for online counselling has been very positive.
Dr Mustill is working to support a number of projects led by Creative Community, an arts and gardening initiative based in Hurst Green that encourages local groups and individuals to learn creative skills together.
From a community garden that has helped to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area while creating a nurturing space for wellbeing of people and wildlife, through to the Buzz project – the planting of 1000 bulbs in Hurst Green in association by a large group of community members ranging in age from 4 to 84 years!
A new Friday Night Project has been initiated at Tandridge Leisure Centre in Oxted by Freedom Leisure. Offering fun activities to do on a Friday night for young people aged between 11 and 16 years. Anna helped bring this initiative to Oxted, following its popularity and success in supporting young people’s mental and physical wellbeing in the Caterham area.
For more information and booking details see Friday Night Project | Freedom Leisure
A concrete precinct outside shops in Hurst Green is being transformed into a community green space by a group of local residents, supported by Growing Health Together and a local councillor. Funding has been secured and the project is set to begin in earnest this year.
Through collaborative working with the Local Area Coordinator, a communal room and kitchen at Tandridge District Council Housing Authority Retirement Flats on Pollards Oak Road is being updated and refreshed by residents, with support from Growing Health Together. This space will be used to host a range of activities to the wider older population, eg. Bingo, films, cooking and much more.
We are delighted to be working in collaboration with the Surrey Hills Society, Surrey Hills National Landscape and local farmers and land-owners to establish a pilot programme of care farms in East Surrey. Offering therapeutic connection with animals and nature connection more generally, this programme is being co-designed with local people to ensure it benefits those with the most to gain.
We are also pleased to be collaborating with the Big Wood Estate in the Eden Valley. Aspiring to connect people to improved health through nature and food, this 250 acre estate is taking a regenerative approach to agriculture, farming with nature and biodiversity at its heart.