Finding Your Feet
Charity registered in Scotland SC044572
Finding Your Feet (FYF) supports Scottish families affected by amputation and limb absence regardless of age, ethnicity or background. We believe local amputees require local support to understand, adapt and empower themselves to build a positive approach to self-manage and fulfil their full potential after limb loss.
FYF was founded by quadruple amputee Cor Hutton in January 2014 following losing both her hands and feet due to sepsis and double pneumonia. Cor experienced the lack of support available to Scottish amputees and set about creating a community where amputees could be heard as individuals and be offered a wide range of social inclusion opportunities and activities. Our core objectives are to reduce isolation, improve physical and mental wellbeing and provide amputees with meaningful opportunities to thrive after limb loss.
- Award: £8,890 via Call 8
- Data published on 360Giving
We are seeking funding of £8,890.90 from the SCVO Digital Participation Charter Fund to enable us to explore how we can further encourage increased digital engagement with our harder to reach older isolated amputee community. We aim to do this through additional research and consultation with other organisations who are successfully achieving high levels of digital engagement with isolated older age groups. Using these learnings, we would like to expand our existing capacity to focus on helping those of our Troopers who struggle to embrace digital participation through an improved person-centred approach.
We have just completed our annual Trooper survey, which focuses on the impacts of our activities. This was adapted to reflect the change in delivery from face-to-face to purely online and telephone support for the last 12 months. Firstly, we needed to better understand the barriers to participation amongst our most isolated Troopers. Our April 2021 survey was completed by 96 respondents. From these respondents: 55% of our Troopers had attended online activities. We would like this to be a much higher engagement rate, hence the need for this project. Of those who hadn’t attended any online activities, we asked why not: 7% don’t have the technology 15% don’t have the know how, 9% said they didn’t know about them, 26% said their self-esteem prevented them from engaging, 43% said they just didn’t like the idea of online activities. It’s reasonable to assume that issues around self-esteem could contribute to this too. Some of the anonymous comments we received from those who hadn’t engaged online: “I'm struggling to chat and meet people.” “I’m new to the online way of communicating, bit shy or worry I do something wrong then get embarrassed by it but getting more confident looking forward to joining in now.” “I think my mental health held me back.” Once we have undertaken the initial scoping and consultation stage of this project we will design the framework for a pilot project (6 weeks). We will then recruit volunteers (and specialist digital providers if required) to provide individual digital support for our Troopers. The pilot project would then run for five months from October to March, followed by a two-week evaluation and reporting period.
Initial scoping meetings and plan for pilot completed
Individual support volunteers and organisations recruited
Pilot programme implementation (October to March)
Pilot programme review
Our project delivered bespoke individualised support to 20 Troopers. These were managed through our Ampu-teas sessions (coffee and chat) where they had the opportunity to work individually with our trained digital champions on their own devices. The digital champions were trained to deliver support across a range of devices and platforms with the focus being promoting self-management for engagement with Finding Your Feet. Every trooper who engage with the sessions was shown how to access our online groups and activities so they can join in both our digital and in-person activities. In addition to this Troopers were trained in how to sign up for clubs and activities through our website so as they are more able to understand the range of support available as well as be more independent.
All of the sessions we delivered were face-to-face. Whilst this is not entirely what we intended it gave us a good understanding of what type of support our Troopers require and the impact training from our digital champions will have on their experiences. All sessions were individual and drop-in so Troopers didn't feel pressured to participate and the ones who took part were the ones who most needed the help. This meant that support was tailored to their specific needs as well as to the devices they had available to them.