The History of Dyfed Amputee Self-Help Group
What D.A.S.H. is all about?
Dyfed Amputee Self-Help Group (DASH) was created in 2007. It is a Support group intended for lower limb amputees and their families/carers. The purpose of the group is to provide support and information. It is run by amputees for amputees and is the only one of its type in Wales. . D.A.S.H. consists of Amputees, Carers, Family and Friends and also Health Care professionals who volunteer their time.
The idea behind the setting up of the group was that it was realised that there was no support network for amputees in West Wales. Once an amputee had been discharged from hospital following amputation there was no local support apart from medical and therapy input. A local support group was badly needed.
No one can truly understand what it’s like to experience a lower limb amputation apart from someone who has already gone through it. DASH provides that invaluable support for anyone about to undergo an amputation or who has recently had one.
We currently have over twenty members. Some are limb wearers and others are wheelchair users. No matter what level of amputation, everyone is welcome.
The meetings are always a social event where refreshments are served and we hold our raffle. Friendships have been made and support, information and advice given. Sometimes speakers are invited to give a talk, other times social events are arranged. We also arrange to dine as a group in venues that are accessible to all.
If you think D.A.S.H could be of benefit to you or your family please contact us. Alternatively if you have suitable skills or experience and would like to volunteer or be a guest speaker we would like to hear from you.
The meetings tend to be held one evening a month in Carmarthen.