Inaugurated in 2003, the 'Friends of Wistaria Surgery' is an independent voluntary organisation whose purpose is to organise social activities, to raise funds thereby enabling the purchase of equipment for the Surgery not normally provided by the statutory authorities and to provide practical assistance such as help with the annual influenza clinics, maintaining the Surgery's garden etc. Amongst its regular activities, the FoWS hold monthly coffee mornings in the Surgery's River Suite with talks on health and other topics of local interest, run fundraising events and hold occasional general meetings, with speakers from the medical profession. The events are publicised on the FoWS notice board in the Surgery's reception area and in The FoWS newsletters.
The "Friends" also run a Befriending Service, which was set up in response to a need identified by the nurses and with the support of the Hampshire Good Neighbour Support Services. Befrienders offer a 'listening ear' to those living isolated lives through ill-health or the loss of a partner. There is a great need for such a service and the ability to meet this challenge is limited solely by the number of volunteers.
All activities take place in the spirit of 'fun and friendship' and there is a real sense of working in partnership with the Surgery to promote the welfare of patients.
Members of the FoWS can be as involved as they want to be. Many attend the social and fundraising events but do not get involved with the organisation, whereas others like to play a more active part. It is entirely up to the individual.
Befriending Service Gill Taunt is co-ordinating this service. We have many more patients who would benefit from a befriender visiting occasionally. Please contact Gill Taunt 07867 229 982 for more information. More volunteers always welcomed.
The Friends of Wistaria Surgery needs a new Vice Chairman
to join the Committee from April 2016.
The Vice Chairman acts as Chair in the absence of the Chairman, and may represent FoWS at related meetings, fund raising events etc. There is no automatic succession so there is no ongoing commitment. Committee meetings are held on the last Tuesday evening of most months.