COPD Community Connectors Celebrate First Year of Working Together

Published on: December 18, 2023

The COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Community Connectors had lunch at Shoebury Youth Centre to celebrate their first year working together, to receive a copy of the yearly report and of course a Christmas card!

The group have worked hard to gain a deeper understanding of the lived experience of those with COPD when accessing support and how they can help improve outcomes for people. Through this work, a ‘Drop In Group’ has been set up at Shoebury Youth Centre on a Thursday 11am – 12noon (term time only) to offer support and a safe space to share lived experiences.

On Thursday 14th December 2023, Tina and Paul from South Essex Advocacy Service attended the “Drop In” to help advise about benefits and support available for people who have COPD.

Marion who attended the session said,

“I found the presentation amazingly helpful and informative, the advice on the process and how to apply was explained in a language I could understand. So helpful and comprehensive. You have signposted an advocacy service that I was completely unaware of. Fantastic!”

Marion who also attends the Stretch and Breathe class said,

“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for all your hard work for the group. The exercise classes that have been advocated for on our behalf have now been extended into 2024. This is a real benefit in helping me stay on the path to keeping as fit, mobile and strong as possible.”

You can find out more information about the COPD Drop In, Stretch & Breathe and read the report here: COPD Community Connector Programme

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