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Walking for Health Swindon calls for volunteers in Highworth to help more people get active and stay active

With a new gentle 20-minute weekly walk starting in Highworth on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 from the Town Council Offices, Walking for Health Swindon is calling for 6 extra health walk leaders. Volunteers are needed to help deliver a programme of regular short walks aimed at helping all kinds of people to lead a more active lifestyle and enjoy the many health and well-being benefits that walking brings.  

 Emma Sperring, Active Lives Officer at Swindon Borough Council and Scheme Coordinator for Walking for Health Swindon says; “Our walks are proving so popular that we need new volunteers to help us help others.

“Our walk leaders are a friendly bunch and provide all the advice and encouragement a new walker needs to build fitness at a pace that’s right for them. You don’t need to be extremely fit yourself to volunteer and we provide all the training you need for free. You’ll soon be making a real difference by supporting all kinds of people to lead a more active lifestyle. There is always a lot of laughter on our walks so get in touch to join in the fun!”

If you are interested in becoming a Walk Leader and would like to book onto Walk Leader Training, or if you have any other queries about Walking for Health in Swindon,  please contact Emma Sperring on 01793 465413 or ESperring@swindon.gov.uk.  The next training day is on Thursday 16th March 2017, 10am-4pm at the Customer Service Hub, Orbital Shopping Park, Thamesdown Drive, Swindon SN25 4AN.

Walking for Health Swindon is part of Walking for Health, England’s largest nationwide of health walk schemes. Run in partnership by Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support, hundreds of schemes are supported to offer short, free walks. Walks are open to everyone but are particularly suitable for those who may find it hard to be active due to health conditions. Through Walking for Health thousands of people – including those affected by cancer – are helped to discover the joys and health benefits of walking.

Find out more:

Emma Sperring, Active Lives Officer, Swindon Borough Council (telephone 01793 465413 or email ESperring@swindon.gov.uk).

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Notes to editors:

Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walk schemes, offering free short walks across the country to help people lead a more active lifestyle. We’ve done this with great success for over 10 years, and in this time improved the lives of thousands of people. Now the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support are working together to ensure Walking for Health gets even more people active and healthy in the years to come.


Around 70,000 people walk with Walking for Health regularly at over 3,000 weekly walks led by over 10,000 volunteers.


Walking may be straightforward, but it’s also effective. The Chief Medical Officers agree that walking counts towards those all-important 150 minutes of moderate physical activity everyone should be doing. To find out more, visit http://bit.ly/1hnxkbO to read the Walking for Health report, Walking Works.


According to self-reported figures for 2012, 61% of English adults were sufficiently active for good health. This figure uses the current CMOs’ guidelines of 150 minutes or more of moderate intensity activity as a benchmark. These self-reported figures are from the Joint Health Surveys Unit figures for 2012.


About the Ramblers

The Ramblers helps everyone, everywhere, enjoy walking and protects the places we all love to walk. It is the only charity dedicated to looking after paths and green spaces, leading walks, opening up new places to explore and encouraging everyone to  get outside and discover how walking boosts your health and your happiness.


About Macmillan Cancer Support

When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.

That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.

To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk.


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