Health Champions

We are a group of patients who are working voluntarily to introduce, organise and promote a programme of activities to support the wellbeing of the community. We work collaboratively with Grove Medical Centre to find new ways to improve the service and to meet the health needs of patients and the broader community. See below for our latest timetable of activities, starting on 28/10/2019 (please note Arts & Crafts and Singing for Health start on 6/11/2019).

Grove Health Champions Timetable
Monday 10AM – 11AM        Smoking Cessation (Every Monday)

10AM – 11AM        Diabetes Coffee Morning (Last Monday of each month)

10AM – 11:30AM Health Champions Monthly Meeting (First Monday of each month)

10AM – 11AM        Walking Group, meet outside surgery ( Every Monday and Wednesday )

Tuesday No Health Champion Activities on Tuesdays
Wednesday 10AM – 12PM        Arts & Crafts Workshop with Wayne (1st and 3rd Wednesday of each                                                month)

10AM – 11AM        Walking Group, meet outside surgery ( Every Monday and Wednesday )

12AM – 2PM          Singing for Health with Robyn (1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month)

2AM – 3PM            Healthy Lifestyle Workshop with Nana (Every week for 6 weeks)

Thursday 6PM – 7PM            Jogging with Wondwosen ( Every other week and to confirm contact us )
Friday 11AM-12PM          Yoga (Every week for 5 weeks, fee £30, booking required via reception)
Saturday 9AM                       Parkrun, Southwark Park  ( Every Saturday )
Sunday 6PM  – 7PM          Jogging with Wondwosen  ( Every Sunday )




A very simple and informal arts workshop, learning new skills, meeting new people and making works for you and your home! No experience needed,all abilities can come along and those just willing to have a go!!!

Please note this activity will start on 6/11/2019.



Meet and walk together.  We meet near the surgery Mon and Wed 10am and walk by the river and Greenland dock usually lasting 50 mins to an hour.


Interactive group sessions where we discuss and share nutrition, stress and other lifestyle  tips- facilitated by a qualified nutritionist.












Would you like: – prevent or manage of disease, decreased stress levels, strengthen muscles,  improve cardiovascular fitness and burn plenty of calories. Come and Join us and Jog/ Run at

a pace that suits you with friendly Health Champions.




An informal singing workshop, learning about breathing techniques that not only help you  to sing but improve your capacity to talk or sing without straining your voice. Meeting new people, working together and singing in ways you’ve heard but never tried. No experience  necessary. This is a physical workshop so please come ready to stretch.

Please note this activity will start on 6/11/2019.





Yoga sessions by a qualified teacher for people with chronic physical and mental health conditions.



Advise and practical help to quit smoking every Monday. Chats and sharing experience and tips.



Very informative and a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to be gained from each other.



The Health Champions and Grove Medical Centre are keen to promote the activities of Parkrun, to promote the health and wellbeing of staff and patients.

Grove Medical Centre is a Royal College of General Practitioners accredited Parkrun Practice:

Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

They are not races: walk, run, jog, volunteer or spectate. Parkrun is open to all, including those who are inactive or have health conditions or disabilities. Our closest Parkrun is Southwark Parkrun.

Meet at Southwark Park for a 09.00 start. You may wish to register at their website though it is not essential:

For more information see the leaflet:

Parkrun printout

Dr John McGuinness has written a letter published in the British Journal of General Practice, explaining the benefits of Parkrun:

Lewisham CCG are supporting Parkrun:


5K Your Way

Southwark parkrun host ‘5k your way’ event on the last Saturday of every month. This is a recent initiative where a local coordinator encourages people ‘living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working in cancer services’ to come along to parkrun.

For more information see their website:

If you would be interested in seeking further information about our activities or would like to contribute  to our work please email the practice at


Open day 19/10/2019

There was lots of excitement around the new activities the Health Champions have organised-here are some pictures of the event.





One Health Lewisham Awards 2019

We are delighted that Grove Medical Centre has won two One Health Lewisham Awards this year!

Practice Best Quality Improvement Project – Health Champions Project

GP Trainee of the year – Dr John McGuiness (Parkrun Project)

The One Health Lewisham GP Awards set out to celebrate, recognise and reward the contribution of staff and practices across Lewisham.


Two of the Health Champions receiving the Practice Best Quality Improvement Project Award, presented by Damian Brady, Chief Operating Officer of One Health Lewisham



Dr John McGuinness receiving the GP Trainee of the year award, presented by Damian Brady, Chief Operating Officer of One Health Lewisham