Staying Well Project – Meet Maureen…

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Maureen, 82 at our Staying Well Hub, Hanson Lane

‘Staying Well’ started out as a one year pilot project funded by Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group.  The aims of Staying Well are to:

  • reduce loneliness and social isolation
  • reduce health inequalities
  • improve health and wellbeing
  • reduce demand on GP practices and hospitals
  • improve how we all work together

Our Staying Well hub at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre is a purpose built space for people to meet and groups to use.   At last weeks group ‘Knit and Natter’ we met some of the service users.  We had the pleasure to see, first hand, how Staying Well helps service users such as Maureen, Siftan and Kalsoon.

Read Maureen’s Staying Well story:

Maureen was recommended to the Staying Well group at Hanson Lane by her GP, she was visiting him to discuss her depression.  Like a lot of older people in our society Maureen felt isolated and lonely.  She comes to the staying well group every Thursday and actively looks forward to it every week, she is collected from her home at Gibbet Street by staying well worker Bano.

Maureen joined the ‘Knit and Natter’ group, more for the ‘natter’ than the knitting as her back problems no longer allow her to knit,  she has made good friends with fellow service user Rahzia “Rahzia is super, she reminds me of my aunt!” Maureen told us.  She sees Staying Well as an opportunity to feel part of something again, she has a sister in Bradford and doesn’t get to see her as often as she’d like, coming to Staying Well means she gets face to face contact on a regular basis.

Maureen has two children, both living quite a distance away, although they regularly speak to Maureen on the phone, the visits have become difficult for her.  Maureen’s working life was some what colourful, starting out as a secretary for the decoration making department of a bakery and ending up with her own business.  When her employment with the bakery came to an end she decided to set up her own business, which still exists but is no longer owned by Maureen, she sold it in the late 70’s.  She ran ‘3 Tiers’ at Salterhebble for many years and ran cake decorating classes which led to her chairing the Sugar Craft Guild as well as organising a trip for 150 people to the Sugar Craft exhibition in London.  She held demonstrations in the US at huge conventions for sugar craft and even gained a fan club in Equador!

‘Staying Well keeps me going, I have a lot of illnesses, thyroid, angina, diabetes, osteoporosis and I have had two heart attacks, being collected and dropped off back at home means I can attend’.  Maureen spreads the word about Staying Well and highly recommends it to those who perhaps feel isolated and lonely, it’s her chance to natter and she wouldn’t be without it.

To find out more about the Staying Well Hub at Hanson Lane:

Call: 01422 347392

Email:  Nic.etherington@regen.org.uk or Surraya.Bibi@regen.org.uk