On the closing day for applications here’s an entry for the St Luke’s CARES Community Awards, submitted by Kenneth Ingram for two Walking Groups he runs in Belle Isle and Middleton. For details of how YOUR community group can enter please click here. The deadline for entries is 5pm today (28 February 2018).
The project I’m nominating is the BITMO’s GATE Walk and Talk walking group, which has been going for two and a half years, and the Arm in Arms Walking Group which starts next Wednesday (7 March 2018) from Middleton Elderly Aid.
The aim of the group is to get people out walking, who would normally stay at home. Get people healthy and walk locally around Middleton Park and the local area.
We aim to buy goodie bags for walkers in the group, such as Pedometers, t-shirts which advertise the group ,and promotional things like pens and key rings to encourage new people to join us.
The people in the group are for anybody who wants to get healthy, any age and disabilities have come on the walks and are welcome to keep coming.
We go at a steady pace of the slowest walker. I also have Dementia-friendly accreditation.
The accreditation means I will look after people with Dementia, making sure they get hot drinks before walking and after and making sure they get home after the walk.
The BITMO’s GATE walking group is every Monday 11am-12pm and the Arm in Arms walking group is the second and fourth Wednesday in the month 11.30am-12.30pm. Again hot drinks will be available on the day.
This post was written by Kenneth Ingram using our Create an article for South Leeds Life page.