Walk North Staffordshire have set-up a series of volunteer led walks in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Newcastle-under-Lyme areas. The walks are for all ages and abilities and are a great way to meet like-minded people.
The walks are designed initially for beginners and those recovering from illness or injury but can also be more challenging. They vary in length, but are generally from 30 to 60 minutes in duration, with the pace being fairly leisurely (where you can still talk while you walk).
Walk North Staffordshire is funded by NHS North Staffordshire as part of its programme for promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Regular walking is a great way to reach the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity five times a week and can help you maintain a healthy weight. Gentle walks are also proven to help fight common illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, painful joints, a variety of cancers and some types of mental illness. They also provide a social function in allowing people to meet others, promoting independence among older residents and reducing isolation.
All of the walks are free! Just arrive ensuring that you are wearing sturdy footwear and weather-appropriate clothing.
More than 250 people regularly take part in the walks and we now have more than 30 walk leaders. Walk North Staffordshire recruits and trains individuals to be Volunteer Walk Leaders. As a Walk Leader you will lead walks of around 20 - 40 minutes ensuring that walks are safe, effective and a positive experience for those taking part. You will receive full training - including health and safety and learning about the benefits of physical activity.
This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to meet new people, make friends and enjoy the great outdoors. You will receive ongoing support, a reimbursement on your travel expenses and all the necessary equipment to lead a walk safely.
For more information on the Walk North Staffordshire scheme, or to volunteer to become a walk leader, please contact:
Walk North Staffordshire Officer
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