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 drop-in centres, 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 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 or Leeds we have a number of Clubs you can come along to. FYF cover the cost of these. We do have plans to expand into other areas, and will make an announcement when this becomes possible.
Our 'Peer Support Volunteers' visit local amputees who are unable to attend our clubs and classes themselves. The Foot Patrol provides support, introduce local clubs and encourage social inclusion where possible. Our Volunteers visit in-patients once a month at Ayr Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Westmarc and Hairmyres Hospital giving the patients advice and support as well as information about FYF. We will be launching a Peer Support Group this year.
There are ways you can benefit from our support even if you're outwith 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 and a new Ayrshire group, which enables these Troopers to chat and potentially meetup. We plan to start more of these chat groups in other areas in the future.
Because of Cor, Finding Your Feet now has 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, but 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!