Spalding Happy Breathers go from strength to strength

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A community clinic and support group in Spalding for people with the respiratory condition COPD is going from strength to strength.

The group, which meets weekly in Spalding, has now adopted the name of Happy Breathers and extended sessions by an additional hour to 1.30pm-4.30pm.

More than a dozen people are regularly attending the group, which is facilitated by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS).

The sessions are run on an informal, drop-in basis with the usual format seeing gentle, appropriate exercise on offer during parts of the session for those who wish to take part and a different activity, talk or demonstration each week. Refreshments, chatting and access to respiratory professionals are also part of the offer.

The clinic launched at the Ivo Day Centre, Albion Street, Spalding, in August.

It is designed to recognise that people are often the experts on their own situation and condition and therefore those who attend have a large say in what it includes.

Sessions are attended by Lincolnshire Community Health Services (LCHS) respiratory clinicians and opportunities are often available for one-to-ones as well as group advice and information.

The clinic also offers an opportunity to find out about and share information on other services available in the local area.

South Lincolnshire CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) is working with partners including LCVS to deliver the clinic, based on the RIPPLE model developed in Coventry.

Funding is in place for it to continue to the end of March next year and the impact of the clinic will be reviewed over the later period with a view to developing a business case for continued funding in 2017/18 and beyond.

Seed funding of £25,000 to support the set-up and running costs of the clinic has been provided by the Health Foundation.

LCVS’s Healthy Living Team is facilitating the group to help ensure it delivers what people want and need.

To find out more about the COPD community clinic contact LCVS’s Healthy Living Team at its Spalding office on 01205 510888 option 3, email health@lincolnshirecvs.org.uk or go along to the Ivo Day Centre, Albion Street, Spalding, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Thursdays.

Please note the group will not run on Thursday, December 29.