Today I visited the first meeting of the Centipede Club in Liskeard following months of organisation behind the scenes by various individuals.  The aim is for patients with leg conditions from a nearby surgery to have their legs dressed by nursing staff but not in the GP surgery as you would expect.  The idea is to get patients out of their homes and along to the St Martin's Church Hall where they can have their clinical needs taken care of by healthcare professionals but also to embark on a journey with ActivePlus as part of their ActivePlus in Communities programme.  As well as having their legs taken care of by the wonderful nurses (hence the name the Centipede Club) they can also gain confidence, increased mobility and socialisation whilst learning new additional skills.  The diverse additional skills are delivered by Mark and Mike from ActivePlus.  As ex-military veterans, both guys have a wealth of knowledge in how to get the best out of people.  This is a new and different approach from a local partnership which fully embodies social prescribing - it actively addresses isolation and loneliness, confidence, mobility and health issues all in one. 

I mustn't forget to mention of course the lovely Maggie who volunteered her time in making teas and coffees for all to enjoy.  Give yourselves a pat on the back everyone - a good day's work!