A HEALTH visitor in South Tyneside has been awarded a £2,000 bursary to enable her to do more overseas work with a charity she founded.
Carolyn Taylor, an employee with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, has been a health visitor for the last 40 years.
I am honoured to have been presented with the MaxQueen Bursdary.Carolyn Taylor, health visitor
She initially visited Mityana, a Ugandan town, in 2000, through her links with the Scouting movement.
In 2007, she set up the Mityana Community Development Foundation and the charity now runs a community primary school for 500 pupils, as well as a community centre with internet café, library, adult literacy classes and a credit union.
Mrs Taylor was given the MacQueen Travel Bursary for Public Health Activity Abroad when the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association (CPHVA) presented its 2015 awards.
She will use the cash to pay for more flights to Uganda so she can provide breastfeeding education and support and begin training local health trainers in all aspects of public health to enable them to help their communities.
She said: “I am honoured to have been presented with the MacQueen Travel Bursary.
“All of the charity’s directors, like myself, are volunteers. Our visits are self-financed and we need to raise around £10,000 a year for running costs.
“This year, we are also trying to build dormitories so children in their final year of primary school, who need to achieve the level of education required to go on to secondary school but who live too far away to walk home and back every day, do not have to sleep on the classroom floor.”
Mrs Taylor, who lives in Whitley Bay, said: “I normally go to Mityana twice a year and I know the people there so well now that they’re like family.
“They very much appreciate the help the charity gives them and it is fantastic to see what a difference we can make to their lives. I am also delighted to be able to use my knowledge and skills to further improve their health.”
For more information, go to www.mityana-community-development-foundation.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org