Helpful posters about the support available
More about BuS
Our surgery support group was formed on 23rd August 2017 to promote the health and wellbeing of our patients by addressing their non-medical needs alongside the Buckland Surgery staff. This could be from helping someone to find an activity where they can meet other people to combat loneliness or depression or getting someone more active in a gentle way, as with our Slow Exercise groups, or to getting them advice about practical things.
August 2018 we were awarded £10K from the Big lottery awards for all. This enabled us to employ a coordinator and really start helping more people get the help and support they need and set up more groups.
In March 2019, we set up our Parent and Toddler group at Buckland Community Centre, term time Mondays 1-3 pm. We work closely with the local Primary School Haytor View, and the Early Years Practitioner comes to group to work with the children and parents learning through play and creative crafts. Parents and children are made very welcome if you would like to come along, its for babies and pre-school aged children.
On the 16th May 2019 Buckland Support became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registered charity number 1183456. Buckland Support aims are to advance Health, to advance Education, Assist the Elderly and to fight Poverty.
Our Tai Chi and chat group (gentle exercise) has now been running three years. It takes place at the Buckland Community Centre every Tuesday 2.30-3.30 with tea and a chance to chat afterwards. Come and have a go any Tuesday you will be made very welcome.
We are starting a new support group from September 2019, at Buckland Community Centre, Thursdays 10-12 am this is open to everyone. We will be having coffee, tea, chat, crafts, games, and will looking at offering courses including IT skills, Creative Crafts, Mindfulness. There will also advice and support area where we will be able to discuss concerns and help signpost people to the help and support they may need.
No Hungry Holidays Project – Buckland Support help set up this project in a partnership between THAT Foodbank, The Buckland Centre, Teignbridge CAB, ASDA, Teign Housing,Haytor View Primary School and the local churches St Lukes Milber and Shaldon Rd Methodist. Together we put together a plan to provide food parcels to local families to help feed children during the summer school holidays July-August 2019 . The project will be giving out approximately 500 parcels during the 6 weeks holidays.
We work closely with the Kingscare Charity and all their groups are open to our patients. (See the list of activities here on our section of the surgery website)
Transport to Medical appointments and groups –
Because of changes last year to the bus service on the Buckland Estate, and the stopping of Hospital Transport, quite a few of our patients are having problems getting to the surgery or other medical appointments. We have now set up a Volunteer Transport Service where volunteers drivers will take patients to medical appointments at Buckland Surgery or Newton Abbott and Torbay Hospital appointments, if you require transport call Buckland Surgery 01626 332813 or Yvonne 07411 573776. All our Volunteer Drivers are police checked .
If you could spare a few hours to help, either driving or accompanying someone to the appointment, please come and help our small band of volunteers, we will arrange a DBS police check, support and pay milege.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a Volunteer Driver or ways that you can help other patients or join a group, please contact Yvonne Buckland Support Coordinator 07411 573776
We are a friendly group and would really welcome your help in whatever way you can offer. Volunteering directly helps other people but we have all found that it helps us as well as we work alongside each other, making a difference and having fun! (Just check out the Tai Chi group which is often accompanied by laughter!)
We now have our own notice boards at the surgery where you can find information about local groups which you might like to join. If you feel uncomfortable about going on your own, contact Yvonne who can will arrange for someone to go with you.