A volunteer-led support group for people suffering with persistent pain in Southport and Formby is holding a free community event – “Pain Matters” – to raise awareness of persistent pain. It will be delivered in conjunction with health professionals from the local Community Pain Service run by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.
The volunteer group, “Pain Clinic Plus (PC+),” operates from the Community Pain Service at Ainsdale Centre for Health & Wellbeing on Friday mornings and is run by people who experience chronic pain to support each other and know that they are not alone.
The free community event is to be held on Monday 16 September from 6pm to 8.30pm at the Spinal Unit Gym, Southport and Formby District General Hospital, Town Lane, Southport.
Kevin Howard, service user and volunteer for the support group, said:
“We started off in 2008 with just two or three people and over the years the group has become popular. It helps pain sufferers cope with their pain by socialising and being distracted for a little while with different activities. Many people have pain and think they cannot be bothered. They are alone and isolated, and we are telling them to come and join us and know that they’re not alone. It is a friendly relaxed atmosphere with a focus on ‘living well’ despite pain.”
The event is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the neuroscience of pain, and “living well” with pain. Let the organisers know you are attending by texting your name to “Pain Matters” on 07970 405 740.