Medi-SOS

Medi-SOS

At a glance

Causes

  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Emergency Services / Armed Forces
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Older people / later life
  • Social care

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - England

Objectives

The object of the charity is 3-fold:

  1. To help alleviate the trauma of seniors going to A&E by providing, free-of-charge the specifically designed Grab-Bag.
  2. To give a boost to the attending emergency service, knowing that the information they need will be on hand in the patients home.
  3. Re-habilitation of young offenders serving at HMP Aylesbury - all future print work will be undertaken by the prison sector.

 

What we’ll deliver for example:

  • 500 Grab-bags will benefit between 500 and 750 seniors and/or vulnerable adults in the district - which in turn will help with their communication in an emergency situation.
  • A very useful aid for our emergency services helping to speed up transition to A&E.
  • Much needed printing work for young offenders of Aylesbury prison.

Activities

Small amounts of funding have been gained with the hope that further funding will enable us to procure further grab-bags to deliver to seniors firstly in Bucks and then hopefully nationwide.

We have set up a dialogue with HMP Aylesbury and are awaiting a new pricing structure from them. The printing of all paperwork, stickers and compilation of the bags will be contracted out to the young offenders of HMP Aylesbury Prison.  

We have the backing from South Central Ambulance Service and Carers Bucks who would love to see the project extended throughout the region.

The project has been very well received not only by seniors, (especially those living alone) but also the emergency services who are always looking for practical ways to help seniors move from home to A&E.
              
The pilot has been running for 9 months in the Chiltern & South Bucks District after gaining funds from Tescos and CDC to promote the project.

So far 450 bags have been distributed through clubs and societies and groups affiliated to BOPAG (Bucks Older Peoples Action Group).

 

Next steps to getting it done:

  • Training and delivering the bags to paramedics so that they can be distributed to the most vulnerable in our community
  • Procuring the next batch of Grab-bags - hopefully through the prison service
  • Organising the new print runs with the young offenders of HMP Aylesbury

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