Greenway Practice Patient Group has awarded two grants to Little Mead Primary

Greenway Community Practice Patient Participation Group has awarded 2 grants to benefit the children of Little Mead School.

One grant was awarded to Little Mead Primary Academy for a Library Lion and books as prizes and the other grant went separately to Little Mead Parent Teacher Association to pay for some play markings in the school playground.

Little Mead Primary Academy School, Southmead, has launched a new initiative to encourage children to read more frequently at home. Each class in Years 1-3, has a ‘Reading Lion Cub’ who goes home with a different child each week. The child then reads to the Cub and records it in the Cub’s Reading Record. The father lion, Lisani, (Swahili for listen) lives in the school library. Mrs Roberts, Higher Level, Teaching Assistant, says “Reading is such an important life skill and we encourage all our children to read as much as possible. The children are very excited to take home a Reading Cub and we hope that it will help families establish a habit of reading every evening.” The Lion Cubs: George, Danny, Charlie, James, Sophie and Honey have been named after characters from Roald Dahl stories.

The photo shows children from each class in Years 1, 2 and 3 with Lisani and his cubs.

The Parent Teacher Association is raising money for a variety of games-based playground markings which as well as being fun help with fitness and number skills.  The grant from the Greenway Community Practice is for the markings for “Out and Back” racing.

The Greenway Community Practice PPG Small Grants Fund awards grants to local groups such as voluntary or community organisations, registered charity, constituted groups or clubs, CICs , Social enterprises, schools,  etc.  Your group may be able to apply to the Community Fund for a grant of £50 – £75  to contribute to an outing, training, an event, etc.  All applications must come from an organisation not an individual and must be submitted electronically.  Details including guidance and application form are on the Practice website at

The Greenway Community Practice PPG Small Grants Fund money raised by the staff and patients at the Greenway Community Practice which the Patient Participation Group (PPG) administers.  Money is raised by holding internal staff fund raising events.

Alex Minshull, Chair, Greenway Community Practice PPG, believes that this is just one example of what a GP Practice, working with the local community it serves, can achieve.  “The Practice is keen to be an active part of the local community.  The Fund has been revitalised this Summer and local organisations looking for small grants should look at the fund guidance and get their applications in to us.  The fund is open all year round but each separate organisation can only apply once in a year.  We are also hoping that more Patients will get involved with the PPG as well.