One hundred visitors attended a successful Big Health Day event in Newham organised to provide a one-stop health and help shop for clients experiencing homelessness and those that are vulnerably housed.
The event, organised by the Trust’s Newham Transitional Practice, was held at Bonny Downs in Flanders Fields on Thursday, September 30.
Free haircuts were available along with health and social care support, sports activities, gardening advice and flu jabs for any visitors experiencing homelessness in Newham and those that are vulnerably housed.
There were free supplies of clothes for men, women and children and other help and advice including attendance by the tissue viability team and drug and alcohol support services.
Visitors were also offered free hot food and drinks, long life food supplies and toiletries and all attendees were encouraged to share positive personal messages by writing on a ‘mirror of positive affirmations’.
The day was organised with support from the NEWway project in Newham and also included a dental van, Newham Talking Therapies, ELFT Ramhp rough sleepers team and Change Grow Live (CGL).
National firms Wilko and Subway also provided donations for the day, as did Leyton Sixth Form College – who also provided volunteers on the day.
The focus for the health day was to support anyone in Newham experiencing homelessness, living in a hostel, hotel, temporary accommodation or who is sofa surfing or not registered with a GP or finding it hard to register with one.
ELFT Executive Lead for Primary Care, Dr Mohit Venkataram, and Director for Primary Care, Marina Muirhead, were among the guests.
Dr Venkataram said:
“Today we have brought the next generation of our community to continue to make this significant difference to our local residents. Thank you to the local sixth form college that came to volunteer all day. At a time when people are talking about Brexit and Covid, we have still found a way to gather together, and Newham Transitional Practice has led this along partners at Bonny Downs in this wonderful open area, bringing sunshine into the lives of people despite this wintry day.”
Newham Transitional Practice (NTP) is a GP practice which operates from The Centre Manor Park and Vicarage Lane Health Centre Stratford. NTP delivers comprehensive primary healthcare services on a transitory basis to residents of Newham who have experienced difficulties in registering locally with a GP.