Greetings to You Lot of Polymylingerers and Pred Playmates, wherever and whoever you are.
First, many thanks for your responses to my Post last week about The (flat) Move, and I feel well and truly reprimanded by The Venerable Aunties (and a few others here) for 'messing around' randomly between The Pred Club and Pred Club Zero a bit like an arsonist in a petrol station. Yes, your advice not to push things is acknowledged and appreciated. So ,a temporary renewal of my TPC membership at a steadily reducing DSNS- style 2mgpd +/-for now, at least. I know my place.... ;-/
Now, on to other things which might be relevant to all of Us Lot either in the UK or overseas (?):
Today I dropped in (not literally - I gave up parachuting years ago..) to my local GP (Doctors') surgery armed with a stack of 100 1/3 sized A4 PMRGCA information leaflets, cautiously asking if they would put them in the waiting room in case that would help any other existing PMR / GCA patients or Newbies.
To my delight, the Receptionist also offered to distribute them to the other surgery in the Practice, no conditions attached. No 'Computer Says No' response, so RESULT!
This easy entry into the GP Surgery 'Promo Marketplace' made me think about how to 'Leverage-up' (to use another cheesy marketing term) the ever important PR / Awareness Raising mission for PMRGCAuk - and the spin-offs for getting Bums on Seats at regional Meet-up and Support groups in the UK, and much more besides.
As an Ideas Man, and off the top of my head, here's a suggestion for a cunning 'Pincer Movement' PR plan (if no-one has thought of it before..). It goes something like this:
Regional Groups... Many Members regularly visiting GP surgeries (for whatever reason)... When visiting, take a bunch of PMRGCAuk leaflets and ask to be displayed publicly (the leaflets, that is). Before you say it - not a 'Selling' job - just spreading the word, helping the PMRGCAuk Cause, and of course, helping others who don't know about PMRGCAuk / the local Support Groups, and possibly a few GPs too?
'Do the Math' (as they say in equally cheesy marketing lingo): an Army of 6-ish thousand mainly UK members, at least a few of Us Lot On the Case, no marketing / distribution costs for the Charity other than supplying each local group with a stock of leaflets, and (Important!) asking local members to help out when next visiting their GP.
I'm sure that you local Organisers of Support and Meet-up Groups will have your own ideas about how this could work (or, maybe, is / isn't already working?), but I though it worth a shot. All feedback welcomed and with an open mind, as always
That's it for now: re-grouping after a busy long-weekend away and family celebration (the marriage of one of my 5 Nieces), a successful Talk to that nice Lot at the Taunton PMRGCA group yesterday, Tedski out jet-skiing in the bay, and the Limo keys retrieved (phew). Red wine open (no surprises there, then), all's well with the world.
Onwards and Upwards.. or is it Sideways - and does it matter in the Big Scheme of Things?
Best wishes and try to keep smiling on the PMR GCA Journey