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Sandy Trott & Kate Turnbull

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Feel Good Co-operative is a not for profit community project, conceived in 2005. The founder, Sandy Trott, is a complementary therapist and a resident of Thamesmead. She realised that there was a real need for the populace to be able to access complementary therapies at affordable prices.   They are staffed entirely by volunteers, and their therapists give their time and skills free of charge. They are the only organisation in the immediate area offering this type of service, and the only community project to achieve the Mayor of London's Healthy Business Award.

Their aims are:

To promote the health and well-being of the residents of Thamesmead by providing complementary therapies at affordable prices by professional therapists.

To raise awareness of complementary therapies in order for people to make informed choices and to empower them by offering the means to actively maintain their health and well-being.

To work with, and provide services to, other relevant organisations. To support other local initiatives within the Borough and surrounding area, and to take an active part in the community.

They are based in Gallions Reach and Lakeside Health Centres, on a weekly basis, to provide complementary therapies to registered patients. The general public has the opportunity to access their services at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Monday and Thursday evenings, Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings. They provide a therapist to Lakeview Court every Tuesday. Feel Good Co-operatives also offer a home visiting service within the borough. Individuals can access therapies at one of their venues for £20.00, and home visits are £25.00, which is around 50% less than current professional fees.

Their therapies are specifically chosen because they have accredited professional standards, and work well with orthodox medicine. The Feel Good Co-operative upholds a strong criteria of practice in order to inspire confidence in their therapists. All their therapists are volunteers, qualified and insured to nationally recognised standards. They are all members of professional associations and are also DBS checked.

June has been a very memorable month for them. They hosted their second Pamper and Feel Good Day at a new venue, the Abbey Wood Community Centre. They experienced a good turnout, with a 40% increase in footfall. As expected, the beauty and complementary therapies were fully booked.

In keeping with their socially responsible ethos, they provide free space to a number of other community initiatives, particularly those promoting mental and physical well-being. The next one will be on the 14th September, and they hope that it will be even more successful.

They were delighted to announce that Feel Good Co-operative had the honour of wining the Contribution to the Community category of the Bexley Business Excellence Awards. They have stated, "We would like to take the opportunity to thank all our volunteers, because without them we would not exist, the judges, and everybody who supports us, especially Peabody".