CHAIRMAN’S LETTER – April 20

K.W.P.C.S.G. KIDDERMINESTER AND WORCESTERSHIRE. APRIL 2020.

CHAIRMAN’S LETTER.

            During these challenging times that we are experiencing with COVID-19. I hope that you, your family, and friends are managing to keep safe. This COVID-19 virus is such a silent, and unseen enemy, which is having a tremendous impact on our way of living, and our everyday lives. As we face this unprecedented situation, the Support Group is here to support all our members at this time. The committee is planning, how to face the future in a positive and caring manner. We are a Group of older people, and many of us, like me, are not all that good with modern technology. This time of ‘lock down’ has been a steep learning curve for me, as I try to grapple with all the modern jargon, ‘Zoom Time’, ‘Face Time’, ‘You Tube’, ‘What’s App. This is mind blowing to me. How are you feeling about, and understanding all this new technology and the jargon that goes with it?

            The Committee are aware, that many of our members do not communicate by e-mails, or other new forms. We are hoping to produce a letter to all our members, to ask you to let us have your up-to-date telephone numbers, (as some are out of date), your e-mails, etc., and how best to let you know what is happening with the Group. Any other ideas that you may suggest to keep in touch with all our members. Also how we may further and develop our ‘Support Contacts? They are doing a first class support work.

            I have read a recent account on how we managed loss. This is something that many of us in the caring professions, in our different and varied work over many years, have been involved with. The paper points out how many people in the community have not understood the different meanings of loss, and how this affects, people in so many different ways. The loss of a job, contacts, a colleague, and so on. Loss for them is something that does not have the same emotions, as the loss of a loved one, but is still a loss. What is knew, is that relatives and friends cannot attend the funeral of a loved one. This will cause difficulties in the future. Over the years, very many writers have written about loss, and all the emotions connected with it. I have found in my work, as a Parish Priest, Hospice, and Hospital Chaplain, how men have found it difficult to talk about loss. Loss is no respecter of persons, and it is an experience that we will all go through at some-time in our lives. How we each face loss will depend, on who we are, the different experiences of life, these will help us in this time of Covid 19.

Paul Brothwell. (Chairman).  01299 823495

Macmillan Support Grants

There is a hub of information on Macmillan’s main website Coronavirus Hub of information for people living with cancer, Macmillan supporters and volunteers.    Please note that Macmillan’s Support Line Service is operating Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.00pm on 0808 808 00 00

Macmillan Support Grants are available

That could be to support people living with cancer who are isolated on hospital wards or in care homes. For example to provide iPads or tablets to keep people in contact with loved ones.  We are in the process of establishing whether Macmillan’s IT are able to  purchase iPads direct.   The iPad(s) would need to have a purpose after the immediate use.

Macmillan’s grant is also about to support community organisations and initiatives supporting people in communities where people living with cancer are affected.  Community organisations are supporting people with practical support, emotional support and also NHS staff.

Decision making will be done at the utmost speed. If you have any ideas please get in contact and do pass on to other contacts in the community or health professionals.

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Important Covid-19 Meeting and Contact Information

Important Covid-19 Notice

To all our members,
We are very sorry, to advise you all, that, under the circumstances, we are unable to proceed with any more public meetings for the Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Groups. This applies to those meetings, organised by the Kidderminster & Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Group and it’s “satellite”, the South Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Group.
We have recently cancelled the meeting for Support Contacts and Buddies, on Saturday 14th March 2020 and the meeting at Pershore Civic Centre on Tuesday 17th March 2020. The meeting at Kidderminster Town Hall on Tuesday 21st April has also been cancelled.
Our Speakers have kindly agreed in principle to join us at our next public meetings, and we shall be notifying our members.
We hope to be in a position to send out the June Newsletter, with further news on our events, but you will appreciate that this may depend on factors outside of your control.
We ask you to bear with us at this time, and are always keen to talk to you if you wish to talk to any of our committee members at any time, regarding any concerns you may have about your diagnosis with prostate cancer or ongoing problems and worries which you may have. We are also hoping to put more news and snippets of information on our website in April see: www.kwpcsg.co.uk
Those of you who have Buddies and Support Contacts, please communicate with them also if you need some help and support.
I would also advise you to contact Prostate Cancer UK through their website if you have any difficult questions that we cannot answer. They will be changing our information on their site to comply with the current situation. www.prostatecanceruk.org We know our motto is “You are not alone”, but, unfortunately, with a committee in the high risk age group, we are probably going to be living some time in isolation ourselves. It is imperative for the safety of our country that we all follow instructions given by the Government to safeguard ourselves, our families, friends and you, our members, at this difficult time.
From your Chairmen: Paul Brothwell & Gordon Kingston


Call on:
07851 835025
Paul Brothwell: 01299 823495
Gordon Kingston: 01386 462253
Mary Symons: 01299 823166
Paul Markall: 01562 751355

New Men’s Shed for Kidderminster and Worcestershire

Mens Shed
Mens Shed

Your Kidderminster and Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Group
have started a Mens Shed project with the aim of providing a meeting
place with the purpose of promoting; social connections, friendship, sharing
of skills, laughter, having a lot of fun.
We have held two meetings so far, the first where our own Dr Dick Herbert
gave an amazing demonstration on life saving first aid.
We had a talk on Financial Matters with particular consideration for men of
our age.
Then there was a talk about the the KWPCSG web site linked with
photography and production of simple home videos with a pocket camera.
Then for our last get together in February our own member Luciano gave a
very impressive cooking demonstration. The Tuna based Paste dish with
spaghetti was cooked with consumate skill and the result was absolutely
delicious.
There are plans for;
A gardening project together with the Leapgate Activity Centre in
Stourport.
Fun outings to the Ludlow Brewery.
Pottery Demonstrations with Karen from the Museum in Bewdley.

Check on our web site www.kwpcsg.co.uk for the latest information.
Watch this space!!