Our health and wellbeing community outreach project, Heart and Sole, is a finalist for the Educate North Awards 2022.
The collaborative project was designed and is delivered by undergraduate students at NCD’s University Centre studying BSc (Hons) Podiatry, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science Development and FdA Counselling. Together, the students involved provide movement-based intervention for a group of high-risk podiatry patients with the aim to improve numerous health markers, personal wellbeing, and standard of living.
Bringing the subject tutors and students together, the project enriches their academic experience and expertise by allowing them to learn from one another. The planning and implementation involved will provide current and future undergraduates with ample opportunities to gain invaluable skills and knowledge, focus on their professional development and to build a network of beneficial partnerships.
The project is a perfect example of how New College Durham is connected with the local community and engages with and is responsive to academic requests for institutions to take on social and community responsibilities. Heart and Sole provides an in-demand service, encouraging and allowing individuals to become more active again.
Phillip Miller, Lecturer in Sport Science, commented:
“The intervention is ongoing and health markers have not yet been reassessed, but the feedback received from the patient participants has been overwhelming with regards to their positivity, enthusiasm and gratitude for providing the opportunity to improve both their physical and mental well-being after what has been a very difficult period of time during the pandemic.”