Wrenbury Primary School Self Care Award Presentation (1)

A Wrenbury community project “Immunisation and why we have it” has won an NHS Silver Self Care Award.

It was a partnership between Wrenbury Primary School, Wrenbury Medical Practice and Wrenbury Nursing Home.

And the award recognises the work on promoting awareness about immunisation in their local community.

The award was presented at the Wrenbury Primary School by Noreen Caldwell, of NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Noreen said: “It’s been brilliant to see the way that the whole community have come together providing information around the history of vaccinations and their importance.”

The collaborative project involved a Wrenbury Primary School Year 4 children visit Wrenbury Medical Practice.

Groups spoke to GPs and staff, hearing why they give vaccinations, the history of immunisation and they all became ‘Vaccine Heroes’.

Wrenbury Nursing Home also provided the children with personal stories of life pre-vaccination from some of the residents.

Becky Barber, Practice Manager at Wrenbury Medical Practice, said: “We are incredibly proud of how some of the youngest and oldest members of our community have come together to share and learn about the important issue of immunisations.

“The photographs and memories shared by the residents from the nursing home did resonate with us as a practice team, they also made the learning for the children much more real.

“The children’s game of tag to illustrate what they learnt about Herd Immunity was so simple but so effective!”

The school followed their immunisation activity up by presenting what the children had learnt to parents and grandparents at their Summer term Sharing Afternoon.

The children involved then went on to lead an assembly, sharing the information around the importance of immunisation with the whole school.

Bessa Cador, headteacher at Wrenbury Primary School, added: “It has been a really worthwhile and enlightening project to be part of, in collaboration with the doctor’s surgery and our resident friends at the Nursing Home.

“Understanding why immunisation matters; hearing and reading first-hand accounts from the residents and then letting the children take the lead in school on this serious health issue not only raises awareness but also highlights the importance of vaccinations in a more meaningful way for the rest of the pupils and our school community.”

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