A massive thank you to all our volunteers in Volunteers Week:  1- 6 June 2022

It’s national Volunteers’ Week and we wanted to take the opportunity to say a massive thank you to all the people who have given up their time to help us this year.

During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life across Bollington, Disley and Poynton have supported the Middlewood Partnership team.

The COVID vaccination programme run from Priorslegh Medical Surgery would have been near impossible to achieve without the band of volunteers – ably organised by Sharon Duke from Poynton Town Council.  It was a massive community effort and we were so appreciative of people who not only gave up their time, but also their energy, good will and so much empathy to our patients at a very unsettling time for many.  A really, really big thank you.

We’d also like to give a special thank you to those patients who are member of our Patient Participation Group (PPG). Each of our practice bases has a Patient Participation Forum, made up of volunteers who act as the link between the community and the Middlewood Partnership.  We really value your contribution to developing and improving our services and supporting our patients.

One great example of the contribution of the PPG volunteers is the design and issue of the young people’s wellbeing card that was launched in Mental Health week earlier this month. Billie farrell, one of the volunteer members of the McIlvride Patient Forum instigated really useful conversations with students at Poynton High School who identified the need for more information about support for young people’s mental health.  The result? A pocket sized wellbeing card for young people that gives them links to lots of help and resources to help their mental wellbeing. A great example of the power of volunteers.

We also wanted to thank those people who usually volunteer but have not been able to because of the pandemic.

So on behalf of all the staff at the Middlewood Partnership and our patients, we thank all our volunteers and are very grateful for your dedication and time.