Community Connect: Finding Your Feet

Glasgow charity Finding Your Feet have been short-listed to become one of the latest recipients of funding from Scotmid Co-operative’s Community Connect initiative – potentially being awarded up to £15,000 to fund support for people affected by amputation or limb difference.

Community Connect was launched last year and enables Scotmid members to award good cause groups in their local area with funding of up to £15,000, generated via the sale of single use carrier bags.

In Scotmid’s West Member Region – encompassing Glasgow and the west of Scotland  – Finding Your Feet are one of three good cause groups, who have been short-listed by a Scotmid member selection panel to receive a financial award of either £15,000, £7,500 or £2,500.

The other short-listed Good Cause Groups are Lanarkshire’s Trust Jack Foundation and Barrhead-based Tuesday Friendship Club.

Scotmid members collect votes by swiping their Community Connect card after every in-store purchase and then cast their votes for their preferred good cause group either in-store or at Scotmid’s West Region Annual General Meeting in April.

With an office in Elliot Place, Finding Your Feet (FYF) provides information, emotional and practical support to families in Scotland affected by amputation or limb difference.

The charity’s accessible clubs are free for amputees and include swimming, climbing, skiing, pilates, cycling and general fitness plus social ‘Ampu-Teas’ drop-in sessions where amputees meet for a coffee and a chat.

The Community Connect funding will be used to fund these activities plus an ambitious programme of new clubs as well as help with transport costs.

Kerr Ferguson, Finding Your Feet’s Marketing Manager, said: “Working with Scotmid is a match made in heaven for us – we share the same values and principles, so we are really grateful to have been short-listed for the Community Connect awards.

“The exposure our charity will get off the back of being short-listed to Scotmid members is absolutely fantastic and receiving funding from the award will make a big difference to what we do.

“We hope to get the message out there that amputation doesn’t mean the end – it is the start of a new chapter and we can provide the support and assistance required to help people make that adjustment to their lives.”

Image (left to right): Callum Deboys, Kara McNair, Alan William Taylor.

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