What is the PSSG (Pulham Surgery Support Group)

A Fond but Sad farewell 10.02.2021
It is with great regret and sadness that after 26 years, the time has come to close the Pulham Surgery Support Group. Throughout this time we have been offering support and information about the local health and social care services that are available locally. Our monthly meetings have been lively and great fun, but we have been unable to attract younger able bodied volunteers.
We would like to thank all our members, sponsors and speakers for their support and encouragement, we are especially grateful to our current committee and all past and present volunteers, just over 80 in total, who shared our vision, determination and insight into what could be achieved if enough people really wanted to make a difference.
In addition, we would also like to thank all the professionals who have advised and supported us over the years, without whose help the group would never have got off the ground and been sustainable.
Together, we gathered a huge amount of information about the help and expertise that is available in our area and we developed a wide network of reliable contacts that could be called upon for advice. This was largely before we had access to the internet.
Times have changed. Information is more easily available now on line and meeting face to face is no longer the safe way to share information. Too many of us are significantly vulnerable to Coronavirus which still has to run its course.
What we have learnt will not be in vain, or lost. Communication remains central to our wellbeing and now is the time to learn new methods of staying connected. The NHS and care providers are creating new lines of communication which hopefully will result in health care and support becoming even more accessible.
It is impossible to predict the future but I am sure that many of us will remain firm friends and the support work will continue behind the scenes. Perhaps a positive outcome of the pandemic will be the willingness of newly recruited volunteers to continue working within local communities.
We look forward to being able to meet up again to conclude PSSG business and will be in touch when the Government restrictions ease and it seems safe to do so.

Meanwhile take care and look after yourselves,
With best wishes, Brenda Fleet (Chair) Lorna Pyke (contact: 01379 677796 / 07786 568073 lornapyke@btinternet.com)

Useful contacts:
Carers Matter Norfolk: carersmatternorfolk.org.uk 0800 083 1148
Carers Voice Norfolk & Waveney is led within Carers Matter Norfolk
Norfolk County Council Adult Social Services (open 24 hours a day) 0344 800 8020
South Norfolk Early Help Hub: 01508 533933

A REAL BIG THANK YOU TO ALL

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