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Volunteers needed for new community connections area at medical practice

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A brand new community connections area on the ground floor of the health centre building, adjacent to St Aldhelm’s Pharmacy, is now set to open. 

The new community connections area is part of Health Connections Mendip, an organisation now in its seventh year, that has attracted world-wide acclaim for its part in the ‘Compassionate Frome’ model as it seeks to improve the health and well-being of local communities in the Mendip area.

In charge of the new community connections area is volunteer co-ordinator, Angie Baxter. Angie has spent most of her adult life living in Frome and working within Somerset. She is already aware of the local impact that Health Connections Mendip has had.

“This is a very exciting new initiative,’ says Angie. “The new community connections area will be a place where you can be signposted to support in the community and pick up information about health and well-being. The area will be offering somewhere where you can also stop for a moment and chat with a friendly volunteer. It will also act as an information point for the whole of the Frome health campus. 

“In order for this initiative to be successful, we need your help. We are looking for volunteers who will be available in this new area to help support with signposting and listening.”

So that potential volunteers can find out more about what the role involves and whether they may be suited, Angie and her colleagues are holding a special volunteer session when anyone is welcome to come along to find out more of what is involved. 

“We are keen to speak to anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer,” adds Angie. “To find out more, just turn up at the boardroom on the first floor at the health centre on Friday 29th November between 10.30 and 11.30. We look forward to seeing you there.”

The senior partner at Frome Medical Practice is Dr Helen Kingston. Dr Kingston has been instrumental over the years in seeing Health Connections grow and expand over the first 6 years of its life.

She said, “The setting up of a brand new ‘community connections’ area in such a prominent space within the health centre building is a very positive and confident step forward and of course comes with the full support of everyone here at the practice.

“The public being able to have direct contact to one of the new volunteers is a significant development in not only being able to successfully signpost people to the support that is already available within the community, but also to the many different services that are now available at both our community hospital and within the Frome Medical Practice itself. If anyone reading this is interested, then I would certainly urge them to pop along to the volunteer session on the 29th November and find out for themselves.”

Pictured: Angie Baxter outside the Frome Health Centre building.

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