Telephone – 01626 357090
Email – [email protected]
Website – www.kingscare.co.uk
Facebook – www.facebook.com/KingsCareLOF/
Do you need support?
KingsCare League of Friends is the patient support group attached to Kingsteignton Medical Practice but now working with Buckland Surgery Support (BuSS), Kerswella (based at Kingskerswell Health Centre) and Moorland Community Care Group (MCCG). Between us we cover all the GP practices in the Newton Abbot Cluster.
KingsCare’s Aim is, with voluntary help, to improve the quality of life of those in need within our community.
Do you need support or know someone who does?
We have 14 members of staff based at Kingsteignton. Between us we manage a wide range of support services and social activities aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of patients and decreasing any sense of social isolation.
During the current crisis we have had to tailor back our usual activities, many of which are all about getting people out and about, meeting new people, making new friends, developing new skills. All of this is, of course, not possible at the moment. Instead we are offering:
Shopping – if you are in self-isolation or nervous about going out to shop, we can get a volunteer to shop for you.
Prescriptions – we can collect your prescriptions from any local chemist and deliver them to you.
Telephone befriending – we have many staff and volunteers who can make regular phone calls to check on your welfare and be a listening ear. We can also offer volunteer support to complete application forms for state benefits.
Lunches – we are working with The Old Rydon Inn in Kingsteignton who are preparing and delivering meals to people who are housebound. A donation of £3 per meal is requested.
Manager – Maggie Bonnell whose role is to oversee all activities, supervise the staff, ensure that the charity’s direction of travel is consistent with its aims and purpose, report back to the Turustees and to keep the funding coming in.
Assistant Manager – David Clifford whose role is assist the manager as required. He has responsibility for all the social groups that we hold in the Avenue Church in Newton Abbot and is the line manager of the Wellbeing Coordinators and Wellbeing Link Workers
Hospital Discharge Coordinator and Carer Lead -Rosemary Newman who works out of Newton Abbot Hospital spending time with patients and ensuring that they have the support necessary to ensure that they have a safe discharge from hospital. This can include making sure that the patients have all the benefits to which they are entitled and that their carers have the support they need to care for their loved ones on their return home. She also runs a monthly carers support group for the family carer where they can get advice, information and understanding.
Transport Coordinator– Ian Whyte whose role is to take responsibility for our 3 wheelchair accessible vehicles and deploy volunteer drivers to take patients to medical appointments and social activities in their own cars or one of our vehicles. He works alongside….
Bus Coordinator – Marilyn Brooks whose role is to organise trips out in our minibuses. Each trip employs a trained volunteer driver and a courier whose role is to take care of the safety of the passengers.
Mental Health Support Workers – Briony Enright and Maggie Cleverly who give time, understanding, advice and support to patients suffering from (mainly) anxiety and depression. Briony runs a monthly carers group for those caring for a loved one who suffers with their mental health. Briony is also involved in a project we have been running for 2 years called #DoitforDeaks. The aim of the project is to raise awareness of mental health and suicide and work with other agencies to demonstrate the support that there is locally (and where it can be found) to help people who are suffering from very low mood. For more details go to www.doitfordeaks.com
Dementia Activities Coordinator – David Garland whose role is to help patients suffering from memory loss and their carers to find the kind of activity that will engage the patient and make it easier for them to be cared for at home. He works alongside …..
Dementia Carers Support Worker – Jackie Milan whose role is to support the family carer giving them information and advice and the opportunity to discuss any problems that might arise. Together David and Jackie run a monthly Memory Café in Newton Abbot and a monthly carers group in Kingsteignton where the carer and the cared for separate (if wished) into 2 different groups so that the cared for can join in a stimulating activity whilst the carer can discuss any issues that may have arisen or might do.
Wellbeing Coordinators – Sharon Venning, Sue Chapman and Trish Taylor. Their role is to work with people who are (usually) 50 + and suffer from 2 or more long term conditions. They can spend up to 12 weeks with these patients helping them to think about what matters to them and how they can make their lives better. They also offer HOPE courses – Helping to Overcome Problems Effectively. These are group sessions, held over a period of 6 weeks, where patients come together to work together through common problems and develop new friendship and more confidence.
Wellbeing Link Workers – Ellie Warnes and Angie Holmes work out of 4 of the Newton Abbot surgeries – Buckland, Cricketfield, Devon Square and Kingsteignton – helping patients of 18+ to think about non-medical ways of improving their health and wellbeing.
The Hub – is the only charity shop in Kingsteignton at 27 Fore Street and is run entirely by KingsCare volunteers.
For more details on all of our services and activities, please visit our website www.kingscare.co.uk
For further information on any of our activities, please contact the office at the surgery between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Telephone 01626 357090, email [email protected] Website www.kingscare.co.uk.
KingsCare League of Friends Registered Charity Number 1096343