Barbara Craig, a churchwarden in Quinton, has been awarded a British Citizen Medal for Service to Healthcare.
Since Barbara arrived from Suffolk, she has been involved with setting up Nosh & Natter, Trips4U, Mothers and Toddlers group in Meon Vale (with support from the local CofE Benefice and new Rector the Revd Ros Greenhalgh) and the pilot for Surf and Natter.
In recognition of this hard and unselfish work in helping the older people in South Warwickshire/North Gloucestershire she was nominated by Dr Karen Clarke, from Meon Medical Centre (Prime GP) in Quinton for a British Citizens Award. Following this nomination Barbara was awarded with the British Citizens medal for Service to Healthcare at the House of Lords, by Lonnie Mayne President of InMoment.
Barbara has been involved a with Age Concern and with dieticians at James Padgett Hospital in Lowestoft.
Nosh and Natter started after Barbara met Jane Spooner at St. Swithin’s Church, Quinton with Admington (where she is a churchwarden). In December 2013 the group was set up as a monthly lunch for older and isolated. It is a huge success and now attracts over 60 people to each lunch.
The group is working closely with Welford on Avon Primary School who host an entertainment event once a term and are the host for the Surf and Natter pilot.
Trips4U followed on the success of Nosh & Natter and was started in 2014 and has organised trips for older and vulnerable to Weston-super-mere, Sidmouth, Gloucester Docks and the National Arboretum in Tamworth.
Ellie Harper (a church missionary from the local CofE Benefice) started the running of the Mother’s & Toddlers group in Meon Vale Village Hall with help from Barbara and other local churches in the Benefice, including Carol Watts from St James the Great Church, Long Marston.
Since Ellie has moved on Barbara, with the help from Carol Watts, has continued this very successful mother and toddlers' group, and also organises other community events for Meon Valers with the help of others.
Barbara was part of a group who researched the demand for IT and internet-related training for older and vulnerable people. The group has now piloted Surf and Natter (hosted by Welford on Avon Primary School). T
In 2015 Barbara took on a personal project and took part in the Slim Gym challenge to raise money for the local Shakespeare Hospice, raising £700.
Barbara is now also looking forward to working with Meon Medical Centre on a hamper project for vulnerable people, which is looking to start this autumn.
With the work Barbara does as a churchwarden at St Swithin’s, Quinton with Admington, she is hoping to complete the Pastoral Assistant’s course in the Diocese of Gloucester in September 2016.
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