Grant recipient: Munro Health
Grant fund: QPCC Community Grants Programme – 2017/18 (2)
Project: Wellbeing matters
Amount received: £3500
TLC for Queen’s Park carers and older residents
Munro health provides complimentary therapy to support the health and wellbeing of those who might otherwise have no access to such services. This includes acupuncture, shiatsu, reflexology and massage.
They applied to the QPCC community grants programme in January 2019 to deliver a wellbeing matters project to Queen’s Park residents, having identified that more and more residents over 60 were having to care for their grandchildren and other family members and could be at risk of isolation and vulnerability. The project intended to treat 29 elderly and/or unpaid carers over 60 with a series of treatments designed to improve their mental and physical wellbeing, in turn improving the wellbeing of those they care for. Therapists would also provide information on good health, exercise and nutrition.
QPCC spoke to Angella Jeremiah, who cares for her elderly mother, disabled brother and other family members, and who suffers from migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome and anxiety and panic disorder. Munro health offered acupuncture to help.
Angella told QPCC: “It’s a godsend. Carers work hard so hard; it’s a 24/7 job. You are constantly giving and at risk of burn out. This service gives me my own caring. It’s tailored to my needs, helps my migraines go away and afterwards I feel calm. It’s nice to have a charity that gives without you having to beg, which can be demoralising. In this system you have to fight for everything. We are very to luck to have access to this service as it doesn’t exist elsewhere.
Therapist Nazan says: “I see many different patients with things like depression, body ache and back pain. Sometimes they have been turned away by the doctor or physio. Our treatments, which are not offered on the NHS, help people get mobile and feeling good about themselves again.”