North West London Support Group
Most meetings take place in the Atrium of the Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London NW3 2QG. The meetings are timed for 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start, and end by 9pm. But check the programme for venue and timing of afternoon meetings, mainly held in the winter months.
Areas covered by our group:
We support people living in Barnet, Camden, Islington and Haringey. People from other boroughs are also welcome.
Date of next meeting: 2013
Wednesday 19th June 2013 Time: 2.00 pm
Drug Treatments for Osteoporosis Benefits and Risks
A talk by: Professor Juliet Compston
Juliet Compston is Professor of Bone Medicine at the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooks Hospital and well known as an expert in the field of osteoporosis.
She is the author of ‘Understanding Osteoporosis’, a book written for members of the public who wish to increase their knowledge of the condition.
Tea and coffee will be served. We look forward to seeing you.
The Salvation Army
10-16 Haverstock Hill
London NW3 2BL
Our group was set up in 1998 to support people with osteoporosis and to raise awareness of the condition.
We arrange five talks during the year given by expert speakers on the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Topics include nutrition, exercise and the latest research into drug treatments. The majority of our meetings are held in the evening at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, but we have some afternoon talks at other local venues.
We can give advice about exercise classes specifically for people with osteoporosis – please contact our group for information on suitable classes. We were very pleased that the National Osteoporosis Society President, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, visited our group in 2008 to see one of our classes in action.
There is a warm and friendly atmosphere at our meetings and classes and both provide an opportunity for members to meet and share experiences with other people who have osteoporosis.
Our group has over a hundred members, including some men and younger women in their thirties. We welcome all new members with a concern for osteoporosis. Membership of the group costs just £5 per annum and gives free access to all our meetings. You are also welcome to bring friends and family to the meetings for £2 per visitor.
For further information about our activities or how to join our group, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jenny on 0207 794 1222. Please only call between 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.
On Sunday June 12th the North West London Support Group held an awareness day at the Brent Cross Shopping Centre. We had a display of the Society’s excellent material as well as our group’s own leaflets. Committee members took it in turn to man the stand for the seven hours that the Centre was open and we were happy to have Louise Fox with us some of the time. Ten volunteers from our membership came to help.
Brent Cross proved a good venue. Upwards of seventy interested people stopped by and talked to us. They ranged from the newly diagnosed to those who were interested for their parents, grandparents or young children and those who had heard of the condition but didn’t know anything about it. Many were glad to hear about our group, the NOS and the Helpline and to have our publicity and general advice. Interestingly a number of people knew about the importance of Vitamin D, probably through the media.
We feel the event was worth the effort involved, particularly the initial form filling required by Brent Cross, and hope it helped to raise awareness of osteoporosis, its treatment and prevention.
The first three photos were taken at a 'hands on' demonstration of the Alexander Technique at a recent North West London Support Group meeting. The last photo is of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall when she visitied our group.