We have teamed up with The Shand Practice, a family podiatry business, to launch a new health scheme to help people affected by homelessness.
The business will provide a podiatry service every six weeks at Aberdeen Cyrenians’ Summer Street centre, starting on Saturday, October 20 (noon-2pm).
As part of the scheme, The Shand Practice, are asking for donations of unwanted shoes which can be dropped off at the company’s workshop in Altens. Footwear, in good condition, can be dropped off at The Shand Practice’s Altens Workshop at Unit 3, Altens Mini Units, just off Souter Head Road, between 9am to 4pm on Saturday, 3 November.
All footwear will be checked by staff at The Shand Practice and sanitised before being made available for distribution.
Scott, a fully-qualified podiatrist, said: “I’ve been inspired by a similar private practice initiative successfully launched in Worcester in 2013 called Forgotten Feet. However, this is the first time we have been involved in a project like this in the north of Scotland and we’re hoping it will make a difference to those most in need.
“As part of the initiative we’d be very grateful for any donations of shoes, trainers and hiking boots that are in good condition.
“There’s a support framework in place at Cyrenians and that’s an important factor as people affected by homelessness engaging with the charity know the people involved and are comfortable with the location. We’re bringing foot healthcare directly to them, in a familiar setting.”
Chloe Bartlett, volunteer co-ordinator at Aberdeen Cyrenians, said: “We’re delighted The Shand Practice stepped forward to offer podiatry care and handle the collection of much-needed footwear. In addition, we appreciate the support of other local podiatrists also giving up their time.
“It can be difficult for some people affected by homelessness to arrange hospital care, so bringing support to us at our Street Alternatives service means the people we work with are comfortable in this environment.”