April Newsletter - #RoamSweetHome

Published: 16th April 2020

We hope this newsletter finds you all well, it’s been great to hear from many of you over the past couple of weeks. Please keep sharing your feel-good stories with us by email, we look forward to hearing from you.

As a reminder, please bear in mind that all walks and activities are suspended until further notice and at least until 31st May. We are reviewing and updating our guidance on a regular basis, for the latest information please check our coronavirus page.


Whilst we can’t all walk in the way we would like to during the covid-19 lockdown, we can still roam for leisure, health and happiness at home and locally, together with people from our household.

We know that one of the joys of Ramblers Walking for Health and group walking is keeping active – physically and socially, that’s why the new #RoamSweetHome campaign aims to help people stay connected and active by roaming close to home and connecting with walking friends from afar. You can see what everyone is up to on the #RoamSweetHome campaign page. If you’d like a challenge for the coming weeks, you might be interested in the #RoamSweetHome steps challenge. See the challenge webpage for more information.

Coronavirus Help & Resources from the Worcestershire Walking Network

It was great to see the message Lynn Yendell shared with her Walking for Health groups. Lynn is the coordinator at Worcestershire Walking Network and emailed some useful resources, both local and national, including help for people who are at home and might be looking for things to do to keep busy. If you would like to find out more, click here. We have collated these tips together with other useful links on a Covid-19 support document, which can be accessed via the scheme zone.

Sport England Coronavirus Support Package

This month Sport England launched a £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through coronavirus. The money will help partners, clubs and community organisations cope with the short and long-term impact of the pandemic. More information about the package and potential funding opportunities can be found on the Sport England website.

With 7.4m people aged 70+ in England mostly confined to their own homes following the latest government advice, and the challenge of loneliness while self-isolating, there has never been a more important and relevant time to encourage and inspire older people to remain active and boost their mood, mobility and wellbeing while at home. Content to support older audiences to get active at home can be accessed at Join the Movement, the new Sport England national campaign to encourage and inspire people to be active at home.

Champions Show the Way 10th Birthday

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its ‘Champions Show the Way’ scheme. You can watch their fun, celebratory video by clicking here. The film highlights the many ways people have benefited from getting involved in the health walks and celebrates the volunteers who make it all happen.

Congratulations to Hambleton Strollers

We’re pleased to announce that Hambleton Strollers have officially become a registered charity. The group organises its Walking for Health programme throughout Hambleton District with weekly walks in each of the six main towns. Walks are not currently taking place because of Covid-19 restrictions, but the group has its sights set on the future beyond this difficult time. You can read the full story by clicking here.

Financial Year Admin & Data Entry

As all walks and activities have been suspended, this might be a good opportunity to catch up on admin and data entry. If your scheme uses the Walking for Health database, can we please ask you to update your pending online registers by the end of April. This will ensure the data kept on the Walking for Health database is as up to date as possible and will help us run our national reports for the financial year.

Share Your Story

If you have any stories or examples of how your walkers are staying active, we would love to hear from you so we can share those ideas with all Ramblers Walking for Health schemes. Please send any ideas or examples to us via email.
We’re also keen to keep the communication going with volunteers and walk leaders. If any of your walk leaders would be interested in sharing their Ramblers Walking for Health experience either by email or phone, please do let us know. Best wishes
Ramblers Walking for Health Team
Ed, Alice, Emily, Lucy & Paul