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My Empowering Experience at the SPEAR’s Health and Wellbeing Day

On the 5th of April, I had the privilege of participating in the Spear’s Health and Wellbeing Day held at the Holy Trinity Church in Tooting Bec. This event, specifically designed for individuals experiencing homelessness or seeking asylum and aims to provide essential support and guidance on managing their health. It serves as a platform for offering valuable resources, information, and assistance to empower attendees in taking control of their health and well-being. The Health and Wellbeing Day creates a safe and inclusive space where individuals can access vital services and receive guidance on navigating the complexities of healthcare. It serves as a beacon of hope and assistance for those facing challenging circumstances, fostering a sense of community and solidarity in addressing their healthcare needs. Through active engagement with participants at this event, I had the opportunity to contribute to the promotion of health awareness and facilitate access to crucial information for those in need.

Who are SPEAR?

SPEAR is a charity dedicated to assisting homeless individuals in and around Richmond since 1987. They have positively impacted thousands of homeless and vulnerable people, helping them achieve independence and transform their lives. SPEAR’s focus goes beyond homelessness and housing, aiming to empower clients to live independently, pursue their goals, and lead fulfilling lives. Through skill development, confidence-building, and fostering self-esteem, SPEAR recognises that small steps of change lead to increased self-esteem and play a crucial role in breaking the cycle of homelessness and maintaining stable housing.

How was my experience?

I had a rewarding experience interacting with healthcare providers and gaining valuable insights into their work. The event showcased a diverse range of services, such as liver screening, massage therapy, and a mobile salon, among others, providing attendees with a comprehensive and enriching experience. I also enjoyed meaningful interactions with service users who were eager to learn more about eye screening and our work at NEC. I observed a genuine interest among service users in understanding the importance of both eye screening and diabetes management. To further support this engagement, I provided informative leaflets, posters, and my contact details to those interested in learning more. The event deepened my appreciation for the significance of active participation and presence, allowing me to address important questions that don’t normally get asked and alleviate any uncertainties among service users. Such events are crucial for raising awareness about diabetic eye screening and expanding our services to reach individuals who may face barriers to access, including vulnerable and homeless individuals with diabetes.

Going Forwards

This event is just one of the many initiatives organised by SPEAR. We are committed to further strengthening our partnership with Spear and enhancing our support for service users. Moving forward, we are excited about the prospect of participating in upcoming events to screen eligible service users and provide ongoing education and support. We are dedicated to fostering a collaborative and impactful relationship with Spear and its community.