Saturday, 27 November 2021


Men and Mental Health in BAME Communities

Bill Singh is an Expert by Experience and a Social Inclusion Volunteer with Gloucestershire Health Community Services.  He also a member of the Aspen Patient Participation Group and brings valued experience around Mental Health and the BAME community.  Read his latest blog that is published through GHC.

I was recently asked to write this blog about men in the ‘Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic’ (BAME) community and the stigma around mental health. The question raised is why males find it more difficult to access NHS mental health support services.  As an Expert who has Lived Experience of Mental Health Illness and being an Asian British male who has had the use of mental health support services, it is important to understand some of the complexities that many men face in the BAME community.  Click here to read more……….

Friday, 19 November 2021

Eat Real Food at Aspen


The Eat Real Food programme is a Real Foods Lifestyle programme with a health focus rather than a disease focus. Health is not merely the absence of disease and we want to promote well-being in order for all human beings to achieve their full potential.

Anyone can take part in this programme and you can read more by clicking here Dates for 2022 are out for you to join and make a lifestyle change

  • Jan 18th
  • Feb 15th
  • March 22nd
  • April 26th
  • May 24th
  • June 7th

Friday, 12 November 2021

Aspen Proud to Support Veterans

We’re proud to support our Armed Forces community. That’s why we are an accredited Veteran Friendly GP practice. Our team is specially trained to support our veteran patients and help them to access the specialist services they need. If your practice would like to join us and nearly 1,100 other accredited practices, you can complete a simple form to sign up today at


Monday, 8 November 2021

'WalkTalkWalk' Radio Gloucestershire

The PPG 'WalkTalkWalk' group was joined by Nicky Price from Radio BBC Gloucestershire on Thursday 4th November to talk to patients who have been attending the events, and also get a feel for the benefits this is having with patients.  The interview was aired on Saturday 6th November from 06:00 - 10:00 in the morning and you can listen to the interview on this link: PPG Interview (available for 27 days

The first interview is at 1 hour 21 minutes with a follow up at 2 hours 21 minutes. The patient feedback about the walk is reflected in the interviews and we can see this has been a success.  A big thank you to Gill and Sandra who have organised these events and are now looking at building a sustained model to continue to drive these activities forward.  If you want to get involved, volunteer or join the walks, you can contact Gill and Sandra through the Aspen PPG email: 

Whatever your age, there's strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life.’

For more details about future walking events click this link: 'WalkTalkWalk' Schedule

Monday, 1 November 2021

Aspen SMS Issues

Message from the Practice - SMS Issues

"The practice have been advised there was a technical issue with the patient texting service last week.  As a result a backlog of messages built up and some patients may have received a communication later than expected.  The text service apologies for this issue and any inconvenience caused, the issue should now be resolved." 

Sunday, 24 October 2021

Aspen PPG Development

The Aspen PPG met for a development session on Wednesday 20 October at Aspen.  This session was facilitated by Becky Parish and Katherine Holland from the CCG Patient Engagement Team.  For some of the members this was their first face to face meeting in two years and in some cases a challenging meeting to attend due to Covid and the anxiety of mixing with members again.  Well done and thank you for taking those difficult steps.  

To facilitate this session we also provided the opportunity for members who could not attend to join via Zoom, so we could run a hybrid session for everyone.  Getting down to business we covered introductions and this included sharing what members bring to the group, why they joined and something about Aspen.  Once the ice had broken we looked at our constitution and the role of the PPG.  The discussions and ideas were flowing from the sub groups and it is clear there will be some changes needed to fit our model, but also some invigorating ideas to think about.  Moving into part two, we looked at two stands of work, the Armed Forces Veterans and the Communication, digital engagement group.  Through meaningful discussions we have a road map that is forming and agreed to focus on small steps going forward.  We are looking forward to tackling and supporting Aspen under some immense demands from the health care systems but most of all we are looking at how we develop the Aspen community.  On behalf of all members we would like to say a big thank you to Becky and Katherine for helping us develop our road map.  We are planning another session in January 2022.

Eve Butler

We said a fond farewell to Eve Butler at the beginning of our development session.  Recognising her for the outstanding service and contribution to the Aspen PPG, we also acknowledged the excellent work and dedication that Eve provided to the Carers group in Aspen.  Unfortunately due to Eve’s circumstances she is no longer able to commit time to the group and will be sadly missed by all the members.  

Chairman, Kevin Gannaway-Pitts saidIt is a real shame that Eve has had to make this decision, she will be a hard act to follow, but we are committed to continuing this invaluable work for those who use the service”.  As a final tribute the PPG presented Eve with a meritorious service award to recognise her service.  Thank you for everything you have done for the PPG Eve.

Monday, 4 October 2021

Aspen PPG WalkTalkWalk Group

The PPG Walk Talk Walk group has been set up to enable Aspen patients to take part in gentle walks and meet others within the group.  So far we have had 3 walks to date at Barnwood park & Arboretum and Saintbridge Balancing Pond.  Everyone who attended went at their own pace, ensuring that the slowest is not left behind and have the opportunity to talk with others. The response and engagement from patients has been amazing. The feedback is very positive, folks saying they really welcome the opportunity to be outside for some gentle exercise and most of all to meet others.

A big thank you to Gill, Sandra and Prob for organising this activity and we are looking forward to seeing this activity grow.  If you want to take part in the walks, the practice will be in touch with details by text or through their social media platforms.