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Fratton Big Local at Lake Road Health Centre

FBL stand at Lake Road Health Centre

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
There is a regional meeting for Big Local groups from across the South East, taking place in Guildford next week. We’re hoping to learn more about the next stage of the work, and who the independent Trust will be, who will be holding the £1m. Look out for an update at:


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