This morning found me and the Fratton Big Local stand at Lake Road Health Centre, as part of their Open Day. The event was organised by the Patient Participation Group, and whilst numbers weren’t terribly high, the hospitality was lovely and there were some very good conversations.
Increasingly I’m finding that people have heard of FBL, which is good news, but there are still more people we need to reach. Issues and ideas that were raised today included:
- finding ways to support older people who want to socialise and visits places, but don’t want to go on their own, and may find transport difficult
- supporting counselling services (particularly those aimed at drug & alcohol misuse) both within GP surgeries, but also in the wider area
- helping unemployed people back into work through supporting micro-business and entrepreneurship
- community safety: better street lighting
- improving the quality and appearance of Fratton road (shops, signage, introducing hanging baskets)
- allotments (might be possible through roof-top or vertical gardens http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/23/chelsea-flower-show-vertical-garden)