Helping homeless put best foot forward
Podiatry students from New College Durham volunteered to step out and help the homeless at the Crisis centre, for the sixth consecutive year.
10 final year BSc (Hons) Podiatry students, together with Podiatry lecturer, Barbara Chambers and two podiatry graduates, spent Boxing Day at the Crisis centre in Newcastle providing much-needed foot care to this vulnerable group of adults.
The students worked alongside other health professionals, including GPs, to providing Crisis residents with essential healthcare and wellbeing treatments and advice.
Podiatry lecturer Barbara Chambers, from New College Durham, said:
“This was one of the busiest days at Crisis I have ever experienced. The students delivered high quality care to all of the guests and worked in difficult circumstances. The complexity of the guests’ needs is something the students have not experienced and having a very limited medical history can be a challenge.
“It was a great experience and enabled the students to give something back to the community. The students were a credit to the podiatry profession and Durham School of Podiatric Medicine at New College Durham.”
Prior to Christmas, second year podiatry students from New College Durham organised a collection of preloved shoes and new socks. Thanks to the generosity of college staff and patients from the college’s clinics in Durham and Bishop Auckland, the students were able to distribute over 100 pairs of socks and 150 pairs of shoes to Crisis residents on Boxing Day. DLT and Robinson Instruments supplied the instruments and all clinical sundries for the day.
27-year-old podiatry student, Paula Ros, said:
“I was delighted to volunteer for Crisis at Christmas. The guests were lovely and it felt great to help others who are in a difficult position. I enjoyed working as a team with the other podiatry students and deliver quality care to those that needed it. It was a fantastic opportunity and I hope I get the chance to volunteer again.”
Throughout the day, the Crisis guests openly chatted about life on the street and the daily challenges they faced, which left a lasting impression on the students.
Podiatry is a specialist area of healthcare, allied to medicine, which involves care and maintenance of foot and lower limb conditions.