Plymouth Support Group

This is a page for the Plymouth Support Group which will be edited by Plymouth member John Crosswaite. The group meet regularly on a fortnightly basis in the Prayer Room, Local Care Centre, Mount Gould PL4 7QD from 10:30 till 12:00. If entering from the road through the main entrance turn right and the room is just along the corridor.
There is always the opportunity to share ideas or request advice from the Area Nurse Andrew, or Specialist HD Adviser Charles, who are usually present.

Friday 23rd February 2018

Friday 9th March 2018

Friday 23rd March 2018

Here is a pdf of 2018 dates you can view or print and pin to the wall
Plymouth HD Support Group Meeting dates 2018

Seasonal exchanges
A fine crop of Seasonal jumpers graced the Christmas meeting where we enjoyed the usual quick quiz,  a raffle and thanks for everyone for bringing prizes and buying tickets, I think everyone went home with at least 2 prizes, if not more.

Charles kindly provided some nibbles towards lunchtime, and at the end of the meeting we were able to say goodbye to our Support Worker, Linda, who is moving on to pastures new on the other side of the Tamar.

We will be sorry to see Linda go as she had provided sterling support to the HD Nurse and been instrumental in finding out patients and carers need and co-ordinating the various agencies to assist them. We presented Linda with a card and some flowers and wish her well on the next stage of her life journey.

Support Group members get active
In the run up to Christmas members of the group have been taking part in golf exercises

and also Boccia at the Life Centre, from where Louise and Larissa from the charity  “Improving Lives Plymouth” (formerly Plymouth Guild)  came to one of our meetings to tell us about all the opportunities they offer for all ability activity at various venues around the city.  They then got us all involved in a game of Boccia (from the Marbles/Bowls/Boules family)

We understand one or two people are getting very competitive and have been promoted to the higher divisions.  Maybe they are also thinking about fitness and their figures before the midwinter feast?

Quilting “Bug” passed on in the family
When Plymouth Support Group member Marilyn was working she took several classes a week in Patchwork and Quilting, and also guided a great number of individuals over a span of 20 years or so in the intricacies of applique and creative embroidery.
One of Marilyn’s students passed on the quilting bug to her daughter Linda, now resident in East Anglia. Linda has kindly organised a sale of work and raised £200 in benefit for the HDA HQ funds. Linda made up beautiful quilts, bags, cushions and “Santa sacks” – always popular at this time of year – and everything was sold.

Thanks to the local HD community in East Anglia for taking an interest in Linda’s event, and thank you Linda, and no doubt family and friends, for all the time you have put in and your kind support.


Care Home Accreditation Scheme
Ewan McHenry attended the Plymouth Support Group on 22nd September 2017, talking with the group about the development of a HDA care homes accreditation scheme. A new project that arose from carers who have made this difficult decision, making sure that residents get the best care possible.Should you also wish to add your comments please contact him on 0151 230 2171 or or go to the HDA website and complete the survey


Members, Carers and friends join in the branch Barbecue
Members from the Plymouth Support Group and their families travelled to the home of Branch Treasurer Richard and Ann to enjoy a summer barbecue lunch with members from East Devon. We were able to make the acquaintance of several several families we hadn’t met before, and hope this might be the precursor to occasional East Devon Meetings.

40+ Visitors including a good scattering of children enjoying the sunshine

Including our inimitable Lee & Tony….

Now that’s what you call a barbecue!