November Newsletter - Monitoring & Evaluation
We have had a busy month visiting schemes and walks in Birmingham, Devon, East Riding, Derbyshire, Hambleton and Kent, as well as delivering three Cascade trainings.
Monitoring & Evaluation of Ramblers Walking for Health
Good monitoring and evaluation helps schemes and the programme prove to funders and supporters that what we do works in getting people active (and keeping them active).
Ramblers Walking for Health is changing it's approach with the Health Survey to be able to capture data that can illustrate behaviour change. In the past we have asked at a single time point for the activity levels of new walkers we will now be re-asking new walkers for their activity levels after 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. This is of course optional for walkers to complete but by doing so it does provide an accurate picture of Ramblers Walking for Health. If you have any questions, please do contact Ed Nicholas email@example.com
Last month, Sport England released their Active Lives Survey. The Active Lives Survey measures the activity levels of people across England. Walking for leisure and walking for travel have seen an increase since the last survey. You can see the full report here.
Happy Birthday National Lottery
The 25th birthday is a moment to celebrate the extraordinary impact The National Lottery has had on the UK, and to say thank you to National Lottery players for contributing around £30 million to good causes every week.
It’s thanks to funding via Sport England that Ramblers Walking for Health is able to continue and create a positive impact to both individuals and communities across the country. There are over a month of celebrations taking place and this is a fantastic opportunity to share your work and success using #NationalLottery25 on your social media channels.
Walking With Alzheimers and as a Carer
A walk in Guildford regularly welcomes Helen, a walker with alzheimers, and her carer Jenny. Jenny and Helen started attending the walk at the suggestion of Helen's partner and they now walk three times a week. There is a lot of evidence about the positive effects of gentle activity for those with dementia and alzheimers and Helen enjoys attending the walks and recognises her fellow walkers. Jenny's feeling the positive effects of walking too "Since I started walking, I have been able to reduce my thyroid medication by 25%. Over 8 months, I've lost 10kg in weight!"
Share Your Story
If you have any feel good stories, any examples of things working really well, any achievements or accomplishments in your scheme, please let us know. Send any news to firstname.lastname@example.org and we look forward to hearing from you and speaking to you soon!
Ramblers Walking for Health Team
Ed, Emily, Lucy, Paul and Alice