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.

Please note that all activities are currently suspended except for Singing for Health. To join this online group please email Robyn at


Our activities are suspended but we continue to support and explore how to help our Practice:

  • We have joined forces with One Health Lewisham Social Presribers Team and we volunteer by phoning the vulnerable patients and checking their wellbeing. 
  • Also one of us has been volunteering for 2-3 days per week at the at Nightingale hospital at the excel centre/O2 supporting the clinical staff and induction for NHS staff.
  • For  patients that is important to check their oxygen levels using a finger probe and do not have a family member available to collect it, the Health Champions can drop off the oxygen probe at the patients address in a safe and protected manner. 

Our future plan

       We have started a project with the John Evelyn Community Garden ‘Watch it Grow’ where we hope to use                       growing and nurturing plants to support the mental health and wellbeing of NHS staff and patients. Small                     growing kits are picked or delivered and they include instructions in how to grow the plants (mixture of                           edible e.g. beans, onions and flower). The hope is this can help people at this challenging time, improve                           links with  the local community, the garden and enjoy watching something grow!

                                             Our Health Champions at the John Evelyn Community Garden 



                                    The seeds in the pots ready to move to the bags and come to your home


All the information you need to Watch It Grow :

WiG_2 booklet_GMC_HC


        *  We will try to adjust our activities to updated guidelines and support recovery from Covid19.



Grove Health Champions Timetable

10:00 – 11:00 Smoking Cessation ( Every Monday )

10:00 – 11:00 Diabetes Coffee Morning ( Last Monday of each month )

10:00 – 11:30 Health Champions Monthly Meeting ( First Monday of each month )

10:00 – 11:00 Walking Group, meet outside surgery ( Every Monday and Wednesday )


18:00 – 19:30 Meditation with Amanda ( 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month )

18:30 – 19:30 Kirtan – meditative singing with Virginie ( 2nd Tuesday each month )

Sessions will start soon, please keep checking on the website for updates..


10:00 – 11:00 Walking Group, meet outside surgery ( Every Monday and Wednesday )

10:00 – 12:00 Singing for Health with Robyn (1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month)


18:00 – 19:00 Jogging with Wondwosen ( Every other Thursday at 19:30 and to confirm contact us )


Yoga ( with a fee, booking required via reception)   New timetable to be confirmed


09:00 Parkrun, Southwark Park ( Every Saturday )


18:00 – 19:00 Jogging with Wondwosen ( Every Sunday )



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



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Very informative and a wealth of knowledge and personal experience

to be gained from each other.


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.



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Do you want to reconnect with yourself and be lifted up by the sound
of our voices? Then come and join us and try it for yourself.
Kirtan is a wonderful way to go into a meditative state by using our
voice and a beautiful instrument called the “Harmonium”.
You do not need to have a particular voice to join in this wonderful




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Would you like to reduce stress, control anxiety, enhance self esteem.

improve your sleep and improve your emotional health?

Meditation can help with all the above and more.



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.





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 experiences and tips.



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 days

There was lots of excitement around the new activities the Health Champions have organised-here are some pictures of the October 2019 Open Day.

The forthcoming is on Saturday the 14th of March. All are welcome!





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.