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
- 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
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.