Making a long-term difference in our communities

Posted on February 26, 2019 by Laura Miller

Making a difference informationWe exist to improve access to healthcare, because no one should go without the healthcare support they need. We're proud that our community impact activities enable us to make a much bigger difference, both nationally and within our local communities.

Here's some of the initiatives that we supported in 2018:

Andover Mind Youth Counselling Service

We funded Andover Mind's expansion of its youth counselling service into Winchester, which supports young people aged 11 to 23 experiencing mental health difficulties.

We bought specialist equipment for I Can Therapy Centre, a community rehabilitation centre for older people and those with long-term health conditions in Andover. Here's how our community investment helped one individual to get the healthcare she needed. Mrs D had two knee replacements

Gareth, aged 12, was referred to Andover Mind through his school. Gareth disclosed that he had been bullied, which he felt had not been heard or properly recognised. With his knowledge and consent, the counsellor raised the issue of bullying with a contact at the school and Gareth was satisfied that steps were being taken to address the issue.

During his sessions, Gareth's discussion topics became broader and he was keen to share his interests. He and the counsellor decided to end after six sessions as Gareth felt he had been heard and was generally much happier at school.

I Can Therapy Centre

We bought specialist equipment for I Can Therapy Centre, a community rehabilitation centre for older people and those will long-term health conditions in Andover. Here's how our community investment is helped one individual to get the healthcare she needed.

Mrs D had two knee replacements and struggles with pain and stiffness in her ankles. To help relieve the pain she has steroid injections every six months. Since attending I Can Therapy Centre her confidence in walking has risen and visiting the centre once a week has encouraged her to meet other people. Mrs D is considering stopping steroid injections as the regular exercise helps manage her pain.

Social Prescribing

We also supported the pilot of a social prescribing initiative run by Unity, a non-profit organisation in Andover. GPs and community nurses from five practices in the town refer patients who don't have a medical need to a link worker who will support them to find help in the community. Continuing into 2019, the pilot is an effort to help reduce isolation of the elderly in the community, and help people engage with services and groups that already exist in the area.

With no shareholders, we are totally focused on making sure no one goes without the healthcare support they need, and why we are passionate about being a voice in healthcare and partnering with charities to reduce health inequality.

 
To find out more visit www.simplyhealth.co.uk/about-us/charitable-giving

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