Mitcham Carnival

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Ensuring we are engaging with all our communities is very important to us. Every year, we run a Health Hub tent at the Mitcham Carnival – the only annual event in that area. We use this as an opportunity to speak to whole families and to reach those in the most deprived areas of Merton.  

The carnival, which this year was on the 20th of June 2018, had a footfall of around 1000 people.  In our tent, we hosted stalls with our partners:

  • One You Merton – who offered health checks
  • Spectra – who gave advice about sexual health services
  • Age UK Merton – who gave advice for older people about how to stay well and about local           services
  • The GP federation
  • Falls service
  • Centre for independent living

As a CCG, we talked to people about the Expert Patients Programme, Wilson Health and Wellbeing Campus, NHS 70, accessing GP hubs and talking therapies.

To make our tent as attractive as possible, we booked a face painter and smoothie bike – the rest of the event included dog shows, a fun fair, sporting activities and live music.

Through attending this event, we made valuable connections with local people and organisations, which enriches our engagement reach.