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“Roar Do Feet” is a basic footcare service for older people. We run sessions in various venues across Renfrewshire where we cut toe nails and carry out basic footcare. It’s also an opportunity to chat to people about how they are getting on.
There is a big demand for our Roar Do Feet service and we need volunteer footcare technicians to keep it running. Volunteers get training and support from Roar and an NHS Podiatrist – there is also a pathway to paid employment. We know feet aren’t for everyone but it’s an opportunity to do something wonderful for older people, that helps them get out, socialise and helps prevent falls.
Anne Volunteer Footcare Technician
I’ve been volunteering for around 6 months. I do toenail cutting, comforting foot rubs and conversation. The training we get from the NHS Podiatrist is great. Some people don’t like feet but they’re not that bad . I started off as a dental assistant and now I’m doing feet so I’ve moved from the top to the bottom of the body.
I really enjoy it. Footcare seems like a small thing but it makes a huge difference to people’s lives. If the people can’t cut their toenails, it can lead to problems walking, which can result in back pain, decreased mobility and increased risk of falling and social isolation. So while it seems like a little thing it’s really life changing.
Cara Volunteer Footcare Technician
I had finished my marketing degree and while I was job hunting I contacted Roar to volunteer as a befriender. When I was shown what a huge difference I could make doing footcare, I decided to give it a go. If an older person can’t cut their toenails it can result in lots of complications. Their feet can become painful, they don’t move about, stop going out and they can become socially isolated. This service has even been shown to help prevent falls which can have a devastating impact on older people’s lives. It’s not something I thought I would ever do but it has actually been good and I’ve been doing it for 8 months now. Its lovely chatting to people, they really appreciate the service and when they leave they say they really feel the difference … not as sore.
The footcare training we get is great, it is from a NHS Podiatrist and they come back every so often to do top up training. I’m really well supported in the sessions and I can always ask questions.
The sessions are a good laugh, it’s a nice atmosphere, there are a few of us doing it in a room and the people I meet have great stories. It’s not for everyone but cutting toe nails can have a massive impact on people’s lives and it well worth doing. Cara has recently taken up a full-time marketing post in London.
Roar are always looking for volunteers and if you want to do something wonderful for older people then you should get in contact.
We also highly recommend the Later Life Training
Postural Stability Strength and Balance Home Exercise Programme to help improve and maintain balance.
*”Positive Steps” is an award winning innovative scheme developed by NHS Ayrshire & Arran and South Ayrshire Council.
“Positive Steps” helps through focused appropriate help and guidance to those people who need it most, boosting their confidence and raising awareness of potential hazards to be avoided. In addition, it offers others a chance to share their experiences of a fall, in turn helping them cope with what happened.” Councillor Rita Miller, South Ayrshire Council
Roar Connections for Life volunteer Kenny Brown attended Invest in Renfrewshire’s Aiming Higher Renfrewshire’s Employability Awards Event in the Normandy Hotel on Wednesday 15th June.
The event jointly arranged by Renfrewshire Council and Invest in Renfrewshire celebrated the enterprise, talent and commitment to excellence that characterise Renfrewshire’s businesses and their employees.
The event was opened by the Leader of Renfrewshire Council Councillor Mark Macmillan who said ‘this is a triumphant night for Renfrewshire. We are here to celebrate outstanding success at an individual, business and regional level’
Host for the evening was BBC Television and Radio presenter Brian Burnett.
Kenny was nominated in the ‘CV Builder Adult’ category by Roar Volunteer Coordinator Anne Marie Cullen. This category recognised those people whose volunteering roles have equipped them for the world of work and how volunteering has impacted on their personal development, skills and knowledge and how this can lead to employment. In Kenny’s case his commitment to volunteering with Roar Connections for Life, his keenness to avail himself of the training on offer and the subsequent increase in his skills, ability and confidence lead him to be promoted to Bar Manager of Renfrew Bowling Club in January of this year. We are also very lucky that Kenny continues to volunteer with Roar every Tuesday at our ‘Reels and Speils’ Project.
Kenny was delighted to be a chosen as a finalist for this award and received a certificate as one of two runners up. He was happy to congratulate Ayodele Afolabi – volunteer with Engage Renfrewshire who won the award and fellow runner up Wilma Dean.
Well done Kenny and thanks to all who took part in and arranged such a spectacular event.