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Putting a spotlight on the Lindsay Leg Club volunteers

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Putting a spotlight on the Lindsay Leg Club volunteers

Anna Milena Galazka
4 November 2022

The Lindsay Leg Club network is an innovative approach to community-based ongoing provision of social support, education, empowerment and leg care to adults of all ages. The Leg Clubs operate as partnerships between people with, or at the risk of, developing problems with their legs (known as ‘members’), healthcare professionals, Leg Club Industry Partners (LCIP) and volunteers – individuals, many of whom are retired, with time and skills to give to their local community. Leg Club volunteers form a committee, which organises and runs the Leg Club in collaboration with the healthcare professionals. They play a fundamental role in securing a suitable venue for the Leg Club, create a fundraising committee to find the resources to pay for the venue and to provide refreshments and entertainment. In some Leg Clubs volunteers create other roles, such as PR specialists to disseminate Leg Club news or drivers to safely transport members between their homes and the Leg Clubs. This flexible environment gives the volunteers plenty of room to find creative ways of supporting their local community and space for the volunteers themselves to flourish through tapping into their existing professional skills, as well as cultivating new skills through collaboration.

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