City's vulnerable helped to their feet

As part of its Winter Warmth Campaign, Leeds Community Healthcare Trust is supporting the city’s most vulnerable with its ‘Walking on Air’ initiative.   Launched on the 14 December, at St George’s Crypt Homeless Shelter in the City Centre, the initiative sees NHS foot health experts delivering basic foot care, education and issuing foot-care packs to those who might not otherwise know how to access support.

Lynda Dexter, Specialist Podiatrist said:               

“The idea came from working with vulnerable client groups in the past.  Often clients tell us they are ‘walking on air’ after they have received podiatry treatment. It is essential that people seek treatment at the early stages to reduce further foot complications and today is about starting a conversation with vulnerable people in our city, so they know where to go for further help and support for this and other health issues.”

The launch event was opened by Councillor Bill Urry, Leeds City Council Member with responsibility for homelessness who said:

This initiative brings us another step towards our ambition that health and social care partners should work together more and more closely. Our aim is for the health of the poorest to increase the quickest.  This is just one example of how an innovative approach is helping to improve access to health care services for those most in need.  It is a vital part of the often unseen work that so many people do in partnership, to mitigate health problems for those who most need help.”

The ‘Waking on Air initiative will also visit city based charities the Joanna Project, The Refugee Service and York Street Health Practice over the coming week to provide foot health support to other vulnerable groups.

'The Waking on Air’ Initiative is a working partnership between Leeds Community Healthcare Trust’s Podiatry Service and its York Street Health Practice, which provides primary care to the homeless and vulnerably housed people of Leeds. Its foot care packs are funded by the Leeds Community Healthcare Charity , which provides additional funding to enhance NHS care. For further information about the charity, or if you would like to make a financial donation, please contact Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust Membership and Involvement Team 0113 220 8596 or