How would you cut your toenails, if you were homeless?

That’s the problem Hoxton Health is addressing in four centres across Hackney. With funding from London Catalyst, Hoxton Health has set up four free drop-in clinics for homeless people offering basic toenail cutting and filing and, thanks to the Red Cross, a pair of new socks for every client.

According to statistics published by the Department for Communities and Local Government, 4,677 people slept rough in England on any one night in 2017 – a 165% rise on 2010 figures. People who are homeless, and particularly rough sleepers, have worse foot health than the wider population. They also struggle to access foot care services which sometimes require information like GP and home address and always are appointment based. ‘How can I get to an appointment? I don’t have a diary and I don’t always know where I am going to be sleeping’, said one service user.

The clinics for homeless people are held in four places:

1st Tuesday of the month: St Mungo’s, 146 Mare Street, E8 3SG
3rd Monday of the month: North London Action for the Homeless, St Paul’s Church Hall,  Stoke Newington Road N16 7UE
1st Wednesday of the month: Clapton Community Drop-In, The Round Chapel, Powercroft Road, E5 0PU
2nd Tuesday of the month: Red Cross, 92 Dalston Lane, E8 1NG

Notes to editors: Hoxton Health is a charity based at St Leonard’s Hospital, Nuttall Street, N1 5LZ offering a range of complementary health services and support and specialised exercise classes to older people in Hackney.

London Catalyst is an independent grant-making trust offering funding for charities and not-for-profit organisations to deliver projects and improve services. Their aims are twofold: to alleviate the effects of poverty, and to improve the health and well-being of Londoners, in particular people with mental and physical illness, long term health conditions and/or disabilities.

For further information contact Janet Cobill

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