Despite 120 volunteers supporting 70 regular Health Walks each week, more volunteers are needed to meet the demand of almost 3,000 regular weekly walkers in Lincolnshire.
Health Walks are free organised walks in towns, villages and rural areas, led by volunteer walk leaders. Walks are suitable for beginners and welcome new members at any time, with no long term commitment. They take place at various times of the day, throughout all districts in Lincolnshire.
Sarah Clarke, Physical Activity Manager at Active Lincolnshires Partnership, said:
“Health Walks continue to be popular, attracting people from all walks of life. Participants learn more about their local area; enjoy the fresh air and look forward to seeing friends and meeting new people. Often there is a café visit at the end of the walk and lots of groups have formed close friendships and socialise after the walk has ended.
“Becoming a volunteer walk leader is a wonderful way to give something back to the community whilst improving your health, meeting new people and encouraging others to take part in regular activity.”
To become a walk leader individuals will attend a one-day training session in Lincolnshire. They will then work with their local district coordinator to support or initiate Health Walks in their local area.
Health Walks have been running in Lincolnshire for 10 years with evidence suggesting that walking is good for participants’ health; physical fitness, mobility, endurance and weight loss are the obvious changes, but those with mental health problems have also commented on the benefits of Health Walks.
To view a short video about Heath Walks or to find out more information about your local walks visit www.lincolnshiresports.com/healthwalks or call Sarah Clarke on
01522 585 580.
Health Walks are funded by Public Health Lincolnshire and delivered by District Councils across the county. The programme is coordinated by Active Lincolnshires Partnership.