Take a Walk on the Wise side

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Keen walkers are being asked to put their best feet forward to help others get fit.

Stafford Borough Council, which delivers a range of weekly health walks as part of its WalkWise programme, needs volunteers to help lead them.

Weekly walks currently take place in Great Haywood, Little Haywood, Stone, Victoria Park, Hixon, Gnosall, Holmcroft, Milford, Derrington and Castlefields.

Volunteer walk leaders are good communicators who can help get others active and ensure walks are friendly, safe and well run.

Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health at Stafford Borough Council, said:

“Regular walking is one of the best forms of physical activity you can do and has many benefits that includes weight control, keeping your heart healthy and reducing stress.

“Our walk leaders help show people this and really do make a big difference to the lives of others.

“These events would not exist without them and we are always looking for people to help assist with the existing walks or to set up new walks within their local area.”

The Council provides free training as well as ongoing support, resources and equipment to assist volunteers once they have qualified.

The next training event is due to take place in September. Those interested in attending should contact Richard Upton, Health and Wellbeing Community Development Officer at Stafford Borough Council, on 01785 619675 or email walking@staffordbc.gov.uk
Information is also available by visiting www.staffordbc.gov.uk/become-a-walk-leader

All walks in the programme are free, with no booking required. Those taking part just gather at a designated meeting point.

A timetable of the walks, which take place all year round, can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/walkwise-calendar