Taking a wound clinic into the community by nurses who provide treatment and advice has been well received by its members.
The Lindsay Leg Club in Waun Wen Community Centre, Trebanog has been successful in providing community-based treatment and care for people of all age groups who suffer with leg-related problems.
Instead of travelling to a hospital clinic for an appointment or having a home visit, members of the club are able to go along to the community centre every Wednesday morning to have treatment and advice
Caitlin Jacob, primary care development manager at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, said: “The nursing staff work to best-practice guidelines to provide a high standard of care in a social and friendly setting that promotes peer support and patient participation.
“Volunteers are the backbone of the Leg Club model and are responsible for the day-to-day running of the club.”
As part of their Welsh Baccalaureate course Community Challenge, three sixth form pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda have been volunteering at the club. They have been involved in organising activities for members, such as bingo, raffles and bake sales and have raised £200.
Mr Ieuan Hames, Head of Year 12 and 13 at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda, said: “The experience provided by the Leg Club enriched the groups Welsh Baccalaureate Community Challenge.
“Our students were given first-hand experience of all aspects of the club from attending to local residents’ needs, through organising activities and chatting to them, and having the opportunity to raise much needed funds.
“We greatly look forward to continuing to support the Leg Club in the future.”
The pupils were delighted to receive their certificates of appreciation from Councillor Margaret Tegg, Chairperson of the Waun Wen Lindsay Leg Club during a school assembly. Councillor Margaret Tegg, said: “As Chair of the club it was an honour to present the certificates to Evie, Isabel and Katie in appreciation of their commitment and fundraising efforts.
“The students are a great asset to the Leg Club. It’s fantastic to have different ages working together and using their skills to help the members.
“We hope to continue to develop relationships with local schools and to have more students volunteering with the Leg Club in the future.”
Pictured from left to right – Katie Wilson, Cllr Margaret Tegg, Isabel Jenkins, Evie Parish, Caitlin Jacob.
The Lindsay Leg Club now has over 50 members with around 20 attending each Wednesday. No appointments are required and members can drop in to chat over a cup of tea or coffee whilst awaiting treatment.
Anyone can volunteer at the Waun Wen Lindsay Leg Club. If you are interested in joining an enthusiastic team of volunteers please contact Caitlin Jacob on [email protected]
Here is more information about the Lindsay Leg Club https://cwmtaf.wales/community-volunteers-open-first-leg-club-in-cwm-taf/