The loss of a limb, whether through amputation or congenital limb difference, can have a devastating impact and will change people’s lives.
Finding Your Feet supports amputees and their families or carers in achieving rehabilitation and independence in hospital, home, education, employment and sport.
We provide opportunities for individuals and their families to come together to share experiences or simply socialise. From coffee mornings, arts/crafts and parties to Pilates, gardening, climbing, skiing and swimming, our sessions are designed to meet the needs of all ages while providing a unique opportunity for amputees to have fun and benefit from some support.
- Listen and answer your questions about amputation and limb difference
- Visit you in the hospital or in your home
- Talk to you about your experience and how we can tailor our help to you
- Put you in contact with others who have had a similar experience
- Support you and those closest to you
- Provide free opportunities for you to participate in sport and recreation
- Signpost you to the appropriate support and information to which you are entitled.
If you’re close to Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Ayr, Fife or Leeds we have a number of Clubs you can come along to. FYF cover the cost of these. We also have plans to branch up into Inverness in the near future, details of this will be on our facebook page and website soon. We do have plans to expand into other areas and will make an announcement when this becomes possible.
We are soon launching a peer support programme, where volunteers will visit local amputees who are unable to attend our clubs and classes themselves. Our ‘Foot Patrol’ volunteers provide support, introduce local clubs and encourage social inclusion where possible. Our volunteers also visit in-patients once a month at WestMARC and Ayr Queen Elizabeth and Hairmyres Hospitals, giving patients advice and support as well as information about FYF.
There are ways you can benefit from our support even if you’re out with one of our club areas. We have a Facebook group called No LIMBits, which is where our Troopers can ‘meet’ to ask/answer questions about prosthetics, treatments etc as well as sharing stories and information. We also have Messenger chat groups for Troopers in Dundee, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Ayrshire and a new Inverness group, which enables these Troopers to chat and potentially meet up. We plan to start more of these chat groups in other areas in the future.
We now have a whole team of staff, many of whom are amputees themselves, so there is always someone you can talk to who has experienced limb-loss, and who has come back stronger. It means we understand the challenges, emotions, and turmoil that you and your family face following limb-loss and the importance of having a support network behind you. We are that support network!
Please get in touch if you’re looking for support of any kind. Fill in the online form, e-mail us at [email protected] or just pick up the phone and leave us a message on 0141 258 4868, and one of the team will get back to you ASAP.
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