Friends of Mount Pleasant Health Centre

ABOUT US

Friends of Mount Pleasant Health Centre logo

The Friends is an independent charity which was established in 1991 with the help of the doctors to support the work of Mount Pleasant Health Centre. With the exception of our part-time coordinator Debbie O’Dell (01392 499291) we are all volunteers.

In 2015 the Care Quality Commission described our work as outstanding, a tribute to the work of our volunteers over a quarter of a century.

Upcoming Events:


Our next craft group will meet on Wednesday 22nd August from 2 & 3.30pm, we’re currently making greetings cards.

The knitting group’s next meeting is Wednesday 5th September from 2 until 3.30pm, come a long if you enjoy a good yarn!

 

WHAT WE DO


  • If you have difficulties in getting to a local medical appointment, our volunteer drivers can provide transport, or we can provide information about alternatives. We also drive patients to a luncheon club, to a day centre and to a memory clinic – part of our befriending work which we would like to expand.
  • Our fund-raising team of volunteers works hard to raise money by, amongst other things, Easter, Flu-Clinic and Christmas draws – pictured here. We also have cake, knitting, plant and table-top sales, and a ‘rolling’ sale of books donated by patients.
  • We organise a Knitting Group which meets fortnightly on Wednesdays. Open to all patients of the Centre it is an opportunity to meet others and chat.  As well as producing items for our fund-raising efforts, the group has made twiddle muffs for dementia patients and blankets for babies at the RD&E. Beginners are welcome.
  • We have recently started a Craft Group, meeting on alternate Wednesdays, which is also open to everyone. Like the Knitting group a meeting is a social occasion which aims to produce items for sale as part of our fundraising efforts.
  • To keep in touch with members and patients we produce a Newsletter: you can access the latest edition here.
  • We work closely with Wellbeing Exeter’s local Community Builder, who has compiled a comprehensive list of activities in our area which can be found here.

New volunteers are always welcome as drivers, befrienders and fundraisers (contact Debbie O’Dell on 01392 499291 or email Debbie).

 

DID YOU KNOW

  • Last year our drivers made 1,371 trips on behalf of patients covering 9,276 miles.

  • In recent year we have been able to make a substantial contribution to the refurbishment of the toilets at the Health Centre, and supported chiropody services for diabetic patients.

  • Volunteering with the friends is often fun: Volunteering is good for you.

WANTED


We provide a service throughout the week for patients needing transport, so new drivers are always welcome. We realise that there are many demands on your time, and are happy to fit in with your availability – a couple of hours a week will really help!  You will have to use your own car and agree to be DBS checked; but there is a mileage allowance and the work you do is greatly appreciated by the patients, helping them to remain independent in their homes.

Similarly, new fundraisers are always welcome, and again any amount of help that you can give will make a difference – enabling us to buy things which will improve the quality of a patient’s visit to the Centre. This is a great chance to become a member of a sociable and supportive team

Also, we welcome any ideas you have about what we might do in the future. If you would like to help set up a walking group, for instance, or help us to utilise social media, that would be great! So if you think you might want to volunteer, or have ideas about new activities, contact Debbie O’Dell on 01392 499291, or email here. We will be delighted to hear from you.

As well as a chance to give something back, helping to keep people independent and improve the quality of a patient’s experience at the Health Centre recall that volunteering is FUN and good  for your  health; see here.


MEMBERSHIP


You may not wish to be a volunteer, or join a group, but you can still support us by becoming a member or making a donation. The subscription is modest, £3 a year for an individual and £5 for a couple. Members are invited to the AGM and other events. We keep in touch by mailing them the latest copy of the Newsletter.