6 July 2018: Healthwatch Reading team member Catherine Williams took part in a wellbeing workshop at the Rose Centre, at the Oxford Road Community Centre in Reading. The Rose Centre offers information, advice and support for women who are experiencing medical, psychological and social problems as a result of all forms of abuse, including female genital mutilation (FGM). The wellbeing session was led by tutors from Reading Community Learning Centre. Catherine talked to attendees at the session. She also heard from staff about the monthly on-site clinic with a gynaecologist, and the community engagement work that the Rose Centre does.
13 July 2018: Healthwatch Reading chief executive Mandeep Kaur Sira presented three of our reports to councillors, NHS leaders and others who sit on the Reading Health and Wellbeing Board. This included: a report on the views of ‘seldom heard’ people such as those with learning disabilities; our joint report with the Reading Advice Network on how local charities feel they are filling the gaps for people who can’t access proper mental health support from health and social services; and our annual report. The meeting also included an NHS update on how they had used a Healthwatch Reading community survey on TB to plan engagement events aimed at raising awareness and reducing stigma about the infectious disease.
20 July 2018: Healthwatch Reading team member Shahanaz Uddin (pictured) took part in celebrations for the 70th birthday of the NHS, held at Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) and supported by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. There were many people of the community sharing their stories, some who used to work for the NHS and have now retired. They shared many positive words about how proud they had been to work in the health service, making a difference.