I’m often asked why I don’t have a forum on my website and the simple answer is that I don’t have the manpower of numerous staff or volunteers to moderate it. Sadly moderation is a must with such groups so that everyone is treated with respect, in a non-judgemental way and given the support they need – it’s not always the case.
I am therefore delighted that one of my very special charities has decided to start a new side group alongside the main one for those who are considering or who have had weight-loss surgery. It’s also proving popular with those who just want to understand more about bariatric surgery maybe to support a friend, member of the family or become just a little wiser on the issues of obesity.
HOOP (the logo is above and self-explanatory) is a charity that is growing fast and making waves to try and signal to those that have a responsibility for obesity related initiatives what is required. It also aims to sign-post those who require these services to the right place, if there is indeed help in their area. Sadly again it’s not always the case.
The forum is a lively and supportive one whether you are male or female, young or old, have lots of weight to lose or a little, out-going or shy. In other words everyone is welcome to join, log in and chat or listen. Various events and fund-raising activities take place if you want to partake, although there is no pressure to do so.
The WLS group has got off to a cracking start this week with members joining a good rate. I shall post regularly on it; answer some queries where I can; give my support to members; and provide some documents for sharing on WLS issues. I recommend it to you all – near and far – it’s not just for those in the UK but worldwide!
Here’s the link to the page – then request to become a member by clicking on the join button on the top right hand corner – looking forward to seeing you there!