Port of Aberdeen donates money to secure future of community sessions run by physio students
Physiotherapy students at Robert Gordon University (RGU) can carry on delivering weekly health and wellbeing sessions to local people of all ages, thanks to a donation from the Port of Aberdeen.
The grant covers the cost of items such as exercise equipment, room hire, refreshments, advertising and service evaluation at the city’s Old Torry Community Centre – and it also means the classes could expand further.
The student-led sessions are one of a number of community outreach and engagement programmes offered by the university, Laura Binnie, dean of the school of health sciences, explained.
‘One of the aims of Robert Gordon University is to drive community interaction and engagement, actively supporting communities in a practical way that responds to local need. The Torry physiotherapy clinic is a great example of this work.
Laura added: ‘The successful clinic offers members of the local community the opportunity to exercise, seek advice and to socialise and allows RGU students to develop expert and diverse practical skills.
‘There are multiple benefits to the initiative, which promotes wellbeing through exercise, prevention and rehabilitation strategies and encourages relationships to be built across the community.’
Two exercise classes run on Thursday mornings, attracting some 20 locals to each session, and health advice refreshments are also on tap.
'Nurturing' the next generation
Jordan Harkins, from the Port of Aberdeen, said: ‘The positive impact that the Torry physiotherapy clinic has on the local community is clear. By supporting RGU's efforts, we're not only promoting health and wellbeing but also nurturing the next generation of healthcare professionals.
‘We're delighted to support the continued success, and potential growth, of the clinic.'
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