Here are some of the ways in which the Uckfield & District Lions serve the local community
Twice a year Uckfield Lions organise a free Diabetes Testing morning, one in Uckfield (normally the first weekend in June) and the second in Heathfield later in the year. The sessions are open to the public, no appointment needed, and a five minute test of blood sugar level is performed by qualified personnel using a drop of blood. If the level is out of the normal range they will recommend a follow-up with your GP for a more accurate test. And every year we catch a percentage of high and medium risk results!
Every December, Uckfield Lions organise a Christmas party (at Nutley Village Hall) for our senior citizens. Invitations are sent out in October and around 120 guests enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, followed by afternoon tea. Transport can be provided for a limited number of wheelchairs & for people unable to arrange their own transport. If you know of someone who would otherwise miss out on a Christmas celebration please contact any member of Uckfield Lions or call into the Lions bookshop in Olives Yard. See details on the “Contact us” page.
Over the summer months the Lions arrange to take groups of elderly, isolated, disabled for an outing to enjoy the beautiful countryside of East Sussex and finish up with a cream tea at one of the many venues that we have been visiting over the years. The groups are usually from the care homes, disabled or social clubs and we are always interested in knowing about groups that would benefit from a cream tea outing.
Message in a Bottle & Message in a Wallet
This simple but effective scheme provides vulnerable people or people living on their own with a way of making vital life-saving information available to the emergency services and professional carers. We provide (free of charge) a plastic bottle containing a form to fill in with all the relevant details. The bottle is then placed in the fridge, where emergency services know to look – saving valuable time. The bottle comes with sticky labels – one for inside the front door and one for the fridge door – to alert the Emergency Services that information is available. The information includes personal details, doctor’s name and contact number, a description of any medical conditions, medication, allergies, family contact details and can include your repeat prescription.
A similar scheme introduced by Uckfield Lions in 2017 captures the same information in the form of a Message in a Wallet. Details are entered onto a small card & kept with a person in their wallet or purse. Have you got a bottle or know of someone who should have one? You can find one at local pharmacies, doctor’s surgeries, any Lion Member or the Lions bookshop at Olives Yard, High Street, Uckfield.
Defibrillators save lives in the event of cardiac arrest – but only if there is one available to be used within minutes of the event. The Uckfield Lions have placed, or contributed to, a dozen or more defibrillators around the town and at strategic locations in the villages to complement those provided by the authorities. We make sure the Lions defibrillators are accessible to the public 24/7 and in locations where access is most likely to be needed. We also maintain them with replacement batteries and pads as necessary and we often contribute to the purchase of new devices when clubs / organisations are planning to place one in a publicly accessible location.
Once a year a group of Sussex Lions Clubs get together to organize a fantastic day of fun and games for the physically and mentally disabled in our zone. The various homes and clubs put up teams to compete in a set of “knockout” style games with a little help from their carers and helpers – not to suggest there is any cheating. Yes, there are prizes but everyone is a winner! Recently hosted by Bedes School in the Dicker, with the help of a group of Sixth Formers this an exhausting but very fulfilling day for all involved.
Lions clubs in the south east have recently promoted an annual competition for Primary Schools in which teams are invited to come up with innovative ideas to solve social or environmental problems with novel solutions. With the help of a sponsoring team the schools form teams in the autumn term to produce descriptive diagrams, models, presentations, jingles etc to promote their idea. Each school then sends its best team to a “finals” event (recently held at Wakehurst Place) for presentation to a panel of judges. Prizes are awarded for various elements of the teams efforts and an overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd judgement made. What better way to engage the young brains of the future in today’s challenges?
Organised by the Fire & Rescue Service and supported by the other emergency / safety services, Safety in Action days provide an offsite programme of activities for yr 5/6, focusing on various aspects of safety. Lions members support these SiA days in ancillary roles and also take the opportunity to engage with teaching staff about Lions published “Lifeskills” material which is distributed by the Clubs in support of PSHE curriculum.