Local volunteers get walking scheme lottery funding boost


    Stafford Borough Volunteer Walking for Health Group - WalkWise - has received a grant of £4,700 from the National Lottery Community Fund.

    The award will help support the existing walking groups and assist in creating additional walking groups across the Borough. 

    Chris Calkin, Chair of Stafford WalkWise Walking for Health Group said: “This is fantastic news and a real vote of confidence in the health benefits of walking. Our existing groups offer a wonderful variety of walking programmes throughout the week. This new funding will be used to train walk leaders, provide essential equipment and promote existing and new walking schemes in the borough.”

    Volunteers supported by Stafford Borough Council currently run seven walking groups, Castlefields, Derrington, Gnosall, Little Haywood, Stone, Stafford Social and Victoria Park. The walks are free, fun and friendly and are perfect to help you get active and meet new people.

    A health walk is a short, purposeful walk undertaken on a regular basis, although, walking at any speed, can be beneficial. As well as improving physical health, organised walks can help improve mental wellbeing by providing an opportunity to socialise and a distraction from everyday stress.

    If you’d like to take part, all you have to do is go along to the start point of one of the walks a few minutes early. You will be welcomed by a friendly trained Volunteer Walk Leader who will take your details. Then you’re free to take part in as many walks as you like, as often as you like.

    If you are interested in attending one of your local walks visit:   https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/west-midlands/stafford-borough-walking-for-health, contact the borough council Health and Wellbeing Community Support Officer on 01785 619675 or email: walking@staffordbc.gov.uk

    Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walks with over 360 active walking schemes, helping people across the country lead a more active lifestyle. It is delivered by the Ramblers with recent support from Sport England.

    For more information about Walking for Health nationally visit: https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/

    Press Release No 5551

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