Leg club appeals for volunteers

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 October 2019

Nailsea and District Leg Club volunteer driver Diane Stevens with member Neil Clenaghan and volunteer Judith Brown.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Nailsea and District Leg Club volunteer driver Diane Stevens with member Neil Clenaghan and volunteer Judith Brown. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A life-changing health club is desperately in need of volunteers to help more people benefit from the service.

Volunteers at Nailsea and District Leg Club.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONVolunteers at Nailsea and District Leg Club. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Nailsea District Leg Club treats people with a variety of leg conditions, including leg ulcers, circulation problems and skin conditions.

People are treated by local nurses in a group setting, which is also helping to reduce social isolation.

Due to an increase in demand, the group is looking for four to six more volunteer drivers who take people to the weekly club.

Volunteers at Nailsea and District Leg Club.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONVolunteers at Nailsea and District Leg Club. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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The service has helped more than 420 people since it was set up more than four years ago.

Judith Brown, from the leg club, said: "The concept is that treatment and care is provided in the community to reduce social isolation and also remove the traditional role of the 'sick patient', where members can really engage with their treatment.

"Preventative medicine is also high on our agenda and because no appointment or referral is needed, anyone can just drop in with a rash, varicose veins or a cut that won't heal.

"The nurses will assess, advise and reassure you about any concern you have regarding your lower leg."

Leg clubs are based on the award-winning healthcare model founded by former district nurse Ellie Lindsay.

The club runs every Wednesday from 9-11.30am at the tithe barn, in Church Lane, and transport 
to and from the service is available if people have difficulty attending.

It is run by nursing staff, GP practices and the North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP), as well as volunteers who provide tea and coffee and a friendly chat.

More: Leg club celebrates second anniversary.

Staffing costs are covered by Tyntesfield Medical Group and the NSCP, while the club pays rent for the tithe barn, and purchases refreshments and equipment.

It costs an estimated £5,000 to run the club and donations from individuals and fundraising events are vital.

Judith added: "At least four to six more volunteer drivers are needed as the number of our members who depend on this service provided has increased.

"Assisting on one or two Wednesdays per month would make a great difference to the team."

For more details, call 01275 792558 or pop into the club at the tithe barn.

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