February Newsletter - On The Road
You and your walk leaders have been keeping the walks going through this damp month with some people even facing snow (!) and it's incredible to see.
We have been picking up the pace in terms of the visits we've been going on this month, with 21 visits to Durham, Maidstone, Barnsley, Lincoln, Swindon, Bradford, Shropshire, Berkshire and more!
If you're having any network meetings, scheme meetings please let us know if you'd like someone from the team to come too.
Please be aware that the whole team will be out on the road a lot over the coming months so it will take a little longer for us to respond to any emails.
Public Health England Case Studies
We are delighted that Ramblers Walking for Health has been featured as a case study by Public Health England. Read the full case study here.
Social Prescribing - Connecting Communities and Health care
The National Lottery Community Fund has produced a paper compiling all the learning from their grant beneficiaries on how to engage with social prescribers. This paper gives great examples of best practice, lessons learnt as well as understanding the terminology around social prescribing.
You can access and read the full paper here.
We Are Undefeatable
The national campaign is still going strong with TV ads launching this month showcasing real-life stories of people living with a range of long-term health conditions sharing how they get active in whatever way works for them.
You can help redefine what getting active looks like and support the campaign by spreading the word about We Are Undefeatable. If you haven't done so already, please follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe to the YouTube channel.
You can register on the Support Hub to access campaign resources.
Stories from you: Walking for Health at Parsons Gardens
In mid 2016 Stan suffered a sudden onset of Spinal Disc trouble that reduced his mobility to crutches, wheelchair and electric buggy for some months. The latter was most helpful when taking his dog for daily walks. Spinal surgery solved almost all of the problem and by early 2017 Stan was able to walk unaided so he and Gyles could resume their 'proper' daily walks.
Sadly, in 2018 Stan's much loved companion suffered a stroke and was put to sleep. Without him for company, Stan lost interest in walking and b the time Stan came to Parsons Gardens in March 2019 he had lost the ability to walk even short distances. The regular Friday morning walks have proved really helpful to Stan. In the company of his wife and fellow residents, Stan can now walk around Broadway for at least an hour on Friday mornings and enjoy the experience.
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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 email@example.com - we look forward to hearing from you and speaking to you soon!
Ramblers Walking for Health Team
Ed, Emily, Lucy, Paul and Alice