25 CSP members volunteer for Crisis

More than 200 homeless people received physiotherapy in London this Christmas from volunteers with the charity Crisis.

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The charity’s volunteers welcomed 4,000 guests in December

Christmas 2015 saw 10 qualified physiotherapists and 15 students working to provide treatment from 10 Crisis centres across the capital.

It was also the fourth year that Jo Dawes, a senior lecturer at St George’s University of London, ran the physiotherapy services as well as providing treatment to Crisis guests.

She told Frontline the main need was physio for acute and soft tissue injuries, as well as joint problems.

‘Homeless people aren’t good at accessing mainstream healthcare, so for many this was the first time they had seen a physio,’ said Ms Dawes.

She said that volunteering for Crisis was hard work, but very rewarding and an opportunity to meet a wide range of people, including homeless people and other volunteers.

‘We are always particularly keen to recruit qualified physios,’ she said.

CSP members interested in volunteering for Christmas 2016 can find information on the Crisis website.

As well as running in London Crisis centres were also open over Christmas in Edinburgh, Newcastle and for the first time in Birmingham and Coventry. The charity’s volunteers welcomed 4,000 guests in those cities.

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by Gill Hitchcock

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