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Guernsey and Alderney Wellbeing Walks Scheme calls for volunteers to help more people get active and stay active

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Tuesday 01 November 2022

To support its busy programme of walks, the Guernsey and Alderney Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Scheme is calling for more people to volunteer as walk leaders.

Walk leaders are needed to assist in delivering a programme of regular short walks aimed at helping all kinds of people to lead a more active lifestyle and enjoy the many health and well-being benefits that walking brings. 

The short 30 minute walks are held Monday to Friday in Guernsey and on Sundays in Alderney and are aimed at adults who want to become a little fitter in the company of others. The walks take place at a variety of venues around the Islands and all finish at a café so that walkers can have time to socialise with other walkers over a cup of tea.

Yvonne Le Page, scheme coordinator for the local Scheme says:

"Our walks are very popular and so we need new volunteers to help us help others."

"Our walk leaders are a friendly bunch and provide all the advice and encouragement a new walker needs to build fitness at a pace that's right for them. You don't need to be extremely fit yourself to volunteer and we provide all the training you need for free. You'll soon be making a real difference by supporting all kinds of people to lead a more active lifestyle. There is always a lot of laughter on our walks so get in touch to join in the fun! We ask that you volunteer for a minimum of once a month and attend a team meeting 3 times a year."

"The next training session is Thursday 17th November from 9.00am to 1.00pm so if anyone is interested in taking part please call Public Health Services tel 01481 224124 or email Yvonne.lepage@gov.gg for an application pack"

The Guernsey Scheme is part of Ramblers Wellbeing Walks, England's largest nationwide of health walk scheme. Run by The Ramblers, hundreds of schemes are supported to offer short, free walks which are open to all, are over easy terrain and at a steady pace to suit everyone. Through Wellbeing Walks thousands of people are helped to discover the joys and health benefits of walking.

Find out more at www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/ramblers-wellbeing-walks or call Public Health Services tel 01481 224136.

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