Finding out how to give even more back…
I recently attended the Homeless and Inclusion Conference in Birmingham, my first time at this conference I was excited to find out more about how I could become involved with providing dental care for homeless and excluded people.
Well the day certainly didn’t disappoint, it was eye opening, inspiring and motivating.
Speakers included dental & homeless charities, various professionals from the dental world and the talks I found the most emotional were those from people who have been homeless themselves. Listening to people’s stories,why they became homeless, their journey, difficulties and prejudices they have faced brought a tear to my eye.
One particular speaker was Sarah Harries, she was living on the streets of Leeds, had suffered a lifetime of abuse and had a drug addiction. However with the help of others and a lot of hard work herself she is now a Pentecostal Minister, studying a degree and married with a daughter, four years ago she was close to death. A wonderful success story to hear.
I will definitely be getting involved where I can next year, through Crisis and Dentaid and doing some dental nursing for them. It has also given me a lot to think about in terms of day to day nursing here and what we can do to be aware and considerate of people and possible traumas.
I also wore my other hat on this day and presented a table for Dental Mavericks, to try and spread the word about our work and encourage attendees of the conference to join us for our 2019 trips. Scarily for me I had to present a short talk to the room about the work we do.
Not having done any public speaking before I was nervous to say the least( although most would argue I can speak more than needed any other time no problem ha ha) I survived though, no eggs or tomatoes were thrown and hope that I managed to encourage a few of the dentists to consider us next year.
give money to charity without using your own money
Would you like to give money to charity but without actually using any of your own money……….well it’s possible!!
Sign up to Give as You Live https://www.giveasyoulive.com/
This site donates money to your chosen charity anytime you shop online at a variety of stores. It costs you nothing and once you have registered the site will recognise when you shop at a relevant store and donate money to your charity (a % of what you have spent)
Our chosen charity is obviously #DentalMavericks and although we would love you to choose them as well, there are other charities available to pick.
This is such an easy way to help raise money and although it may only be pence at a time it all adds up, little by little helping to change and improve lives.
Please take a moment of your day to sign up for a free fuzzy giving feeling of helping people.
Sean Completes The Birmingham half marathon
Two weeks ago on a very cold and wet Sunday, Sean took to the streets of Birmingham along with around 11,000 others to complete the Birmingham half marathon.
His 8th time completing the event, he ran to raise funds and awareness for a cause that means alot to him, Cardiac Risk in the Young.
In a reverse of previous routes, the Birmingham half marathon started where it ended last year, before taking runners to Highfield Road in Edgbaston and down the hill of Lee Bank Middleway, once a challenging incline near the end of the half marathon.
Participants then did a lap of Cannon Hill Park and Edgbaston Stadium before turning back to the city centre after they reached Bournville.
Posting his photo’s after the event Sean said..
“Well that was a wet one! Back home safe and sound, and just about dried out and got the feeling back into my fingers. Great run considering, a comfortable 1hr56…. again!”
Well Done Sean !
13th annual Mouth Cancer Awareness walk in Hyde Park
It’s 5pm on Sunday evening and luckily me and my tired feet have managed to get a seat in Euston station whilst I wait for my train home. I decided to offer my time this weekend as a volunteer at the 13th annual Mouth Cancer Awareness walk in Hyde Park. “Why are you doing that?” I’ve been asked …..”why not !?” I say. I’m so glad I did it, it’s been a great day.
Hyde Park is a beautiful setting for the event, how lucky if you live in London to have such a picturesque place to walk, cycle or run in. Full of flowers, wildlife and the people watching opportunities are endless. I was up early to get across London to help set up for the walk, arriving at 8.45am I met the organisers and other volunteers and we quickly got to work setting up the area ready for the arrival of the participants later in the morning.
The walk was started to raise funds for the charity and also to help raise awareness of mouth cancer and spread the word about prevention and early detection. Hundreds of people of all ages came to take part including survivors of the disease.
I was one of the team registering people, giving out water, t-shirts and then goodie bags at the end. There was a mobile screening unit where people could have free mouth checks and a survivor came on stage to tell her story. You couldn’t help but get emotional hearing her journey and then thinking of those who have lost their lives as a role call was read for some of the people being remembered.
It was great seeing everyone’s faces as they crossed the finish and being able to congratulate them, a brilliant day for a brilliant cause.
I would definitely volunteer again for this or similar events, I get a real kick from the volunteering work I have been lucky enough to be involved in and will continue to do it when I can. I urge everyone to try it, there are loads of opportunities out there and whether it’s a day or an hour of your time you can give, someone somewhere will be grateful.
Here It Is Our Total Raised For Rough Runner – £1782.67
Thanks to everyone for their kind generosity and support.
To the team who ran the course you should all be super proud, we have smashed our target and all of us finished the course (with a few bumps and bruises).
All this money will go to providing dental care to the children of Morocco and the refugees in Lebanon, helping to end dental pain.
Here are some photos from the day…
Dental Mavericks Asni Trip
An Update From Our Very Own Dental Maverick Trustee, Michelle
I had a great trip last week, a very successful clinic. We were in Asni, a small town at the foot of atlas mountains. We did a trek in the mountains one day with a local guide, 3 hrs and tough terrain but this is the kind of walk the local people do all the time just to get to markets or to school !
Stunning scenery, wonderful people but sadly a poor area and so dental health care is not readily available and the diet is high in sugar, so rates of decay are very high. We worked in the local school and provided fluoride applications, did extractions and a few fillings, but extractions mainly due to the decay rates.
Everyone gets a toothbrush, toothpaste, oral hygiene instruction. Since we started the project 4 years ago ( now the 5th year) the rate of extractions we had to do has gone down. We work in partnership with the Eve Branson Foundation on this project.
Over the 3 days in clinic we carried out 436 fluoride applications and 298 extractions ( a very small amount of the 298 would be filling maybe 15 or so, so mostly extraction).
Last month we visited a couple of nurseries to teach the children about visiting the dentist, brushing their teeth and good and bad foods.
We are happy to visit any nursery in the area to help educate the kids, so that they can maintain their smiles for life.
Here are a few photos from the visits, including Snappy, our practice mascot.
WIN Signed England Shirt and Football by Ron Atkinson
Heath Dental patient and former Manchester United manager “Big” Ron Atkinson has kindly donated a signed England shirt and football to the practice, helping us to raise money for Dental Mavericks.
Genuine autographed England Football shirt and football, signed by ‘Big Ron’ former football player and manager.
For your chance to win one of these great prizes simply buy a raffle ticket from our reception team – Draw 1st December
Dental Mavericks provide emergency dental care to remote areas of Morocco, refugee camps in Greece and now Lebanon
Working with Dental Mavericks in Greece
On June 7th Michelle headed off to Thessaloniki, Greece with Dental mavericks to help provide dental care to the people living in the refugee camps.
In partnership with Health Point Foundation the Mavericks team visited 5 camps over 6 days, working 2 days in one of the camps further away from their base.
A rewarding and eye opening trip, met some amazing people with some heartbreaking stories.
If anyone is interested in volunteering with Dental Mavericks and being part of an great team doing great work please contact us at the practice or visit http://www.dentalmavericks.org/
Michelle said “We went to 5 different camps in total and worked 6 days of clinics. The living conditions range in the camps from porta-cabins to tents, its a real eye opener to see how people are having to live, you can only imagine what they have fled from in their own countries.
The team from HPF were great, we all mucked in with set up and shut down of clinics each day, some of the refugees spoke English or a little English but there were just as many that didn’t so we definitely would have been lost without our translator Hassan.
We did treatments such as composite and amalgam fillings, extirpation of teeth (start of root canal treatment) extractions and treated children and adults.
HPF has one permanent clinic in a camp which is where we had the proper dental chairs you see in the pictures, this for us felt like a real luxury even though we were still using mobile hand-piece units, it was nice to be able to have an overhead light and a bit more comfort for the patient.
I feel so lucky to have been able to have this experience again thanks to dental mavericks and cfast, its a real eye opener and the feeling when you are there to know that you are making a difference to someones health and well being is just great.
The people you meet are truly amazing.”
Solihull Dental team Get Teeth Into Charity Work