UK Active Flame Award Winners!
The UK Active Flame Awards is the largest celebration of innovation and excellence from across the physical activity sector, with hundreds of organisations vying for the highly coveted accolades every year.
Scheme coordinator Carly Togher picked up the award on behalf of the group in front of over 850 attendees, including Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes. Carly insists that the award is primarily a way of celebrating the scheme's volunteers: "Although I'm employed to coordinate the scheme we wouldn't be anywhere without our 35 amazing volunteers. Their dedication has allowed us to expand the programme to reach people all over the region. We've gone from having just one regular walk when the scheme started seven years ago to 18 well attended walks".
We wouldn't be anywhere without our amazing volunteers."
As well as a busy programme of regular health walks, the scheme offers a walk for the visually impaired and a dementia friendly walk. Having been shortlisted for the award on two previous occasions, Carly feels that it may have been the introduction of the dementia friendly walk which led to the recognition.
"We've been running the dementia friendly walk for around a year now, and it's been very rewarding and well received with around 50 regular walkers. We received public health funding for training from Dementia Adventure, an organisation that helps people with dementia overcome barriers to making the best of the outdoors."
Receiving such a prestigious award may also open the door for further opportunities to expand this work. As Carly says: "The recognition that the award brings can only enhance the reputation of the scheme and hopefully allow us to help even more people get active."
It's a valuable award following a thorough application process and a trip to UK Active offices for a presentation. All the hard work paid off however, when the scheme was announced as the winners on the night.