A group of podiatry students have been putting their skills to good use by helping the homeless in the north-east.
The undergraduates from New College Durham visited the Crisis Centre in Newcastle providing podiatry services to around 40 homeless people, Press Association reports. The winter period can be the hardest time of year for rough sleepers and they were given fresh socks, creams and medical supplies donated by Robinson Healthcare and DLT Podiatry. The students administered a number of treatments in bathing feet, general foot and nail care as well as specific health advice.
Foot care is especially important to people who have to brave the elements all year round and the services provided by the students were much appreciated by everyone who attended. The students were also praised for their hard work and generosity by podiatry lecturer Barbara Chambers. She explained to the news provider that the process is both highly rewarding and humbling at the same time.
Elizabeth Fenwick-Donaldson, a podiatry student, echoed these sentiments and told the source: "Volunteering at Crisis has helped to remove the stereotypical image many of us had of homelessness. I would recommend any student offered this opportunity in the future to seriously consider getting involved."
The Crisis Skylight centre in Newcastle is a dedicated facility for educating and training homeless people to get a foot on the employment ladder. It also accommodates people who are deemed as being vulnerably-housed. It offers a number of courses including art and design, digital photography and sculpture, computer training from Basic Skills up to Level 2.
There is also a number of fun activities available such as a health and fitness group, film club and special events such as the podiatry service offered by the students from New College Durham.
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written by Megan Smith
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