What We Do

The Liskeard and South East Cornwall Breather’s Group was founded on 26th May 2006 by Joe Barr, Mick Elliott, Vicky Scott, Peter Krogman, Jenny Jenkins, Leonard Vowler, Pip Jenkin and Alan Williams. They had been together on an NHS pulmonary rehabilitation course and were anxious to keep the benefits once the course was finished, so they decided to set up a group where people with COPD and other long-term conditions could get together and share experiences and take some gentle exercise. The group would be entirely independent of the NHS and would take the motto: Started by Patients, Run by Patients, For Patients.The group received the backing of the NHS, started to gain members and began to look for funds for various projects. One of the most important of these is the schools project, where members of the group visit local schools to give talks on COPD and the importance of not smoking. One of the schools estimated that the proportion of young people smoking in the school had fallen from 25% to 15% after the talk. Find more details of this project on the What We Do/Schools Project page. Another major project was to buy a quantity of nebulisers which were supplied to local surgeries for use by COPD patients at the surgery.

We meet every Tuesday afternoon at the Liskerrett Centre in Liskeard, where we chat, drink tea, perform gentle exercises and receive talks from health professionals who explain new ideas and thinking about our conditions and give helpful hints and tips. Some of these are on our Hints and Tips page. The group has made videos of the group exercises for use outside the meeting, which are also available for anyone with similar conditions at http://www.youtube.com/user/BreathersGroup

The group has also started up additional groups in the surrounding area, such as Looe, Saltash, Torpoint and Pensilva. Details of all the additional groups can be found on the Local Groups page. We have also been asked to start the process of founding groups in the west of Cornwall, which is currently under way.

The group received its ultimate accolade on 17th September 2013 when we received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho. Details of the event can be found on the Queen's Award page.

We have also recently released a booklet of useful information for COPD sufferers and others with long term conditions, that we are distributing to surgeries and hospitals across the county. To find out more click on this Sue's Booklet link.

If you are a sufferer from COPD or another long-term condition and you live in the Liskeard area, please come and join us. You will find a friendly welcome and the company of people who understand exactly what you are going through. If you live further afield, please look at our Local Groups page to see if there is a group near you who will provide you with the same support. New groups are being started up all the time. Maybe you would like to start up your own group, in which case we can help you. Please see how to get in touch with us on our Contact Us page.