Making strides - local walking group celebrates first birthday

By Swindon Link - 8 October 2018

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A volunteer-led walking group, Step Out Swindon, is celebrating after reaching its first birthday.

Step out Swindon - the volunteer led Walking for Health Scheme - is celebrating their first birthday since Swindon Borough Council withdrew funding. Since starting out last October the Scheme has added three more walks to the schedule and increased its membership to 500 registered walkers.

A spokesperson for the event said: "Grahame Lee, the Scheme Co-ordinator, thanks all of the Scheme’s volunteers who have made this possible by their continued support and commitment to the Scheme.

"We continue to welcome people of all abilities to the walks and they quickly become fitter, both physically and mentally, and join in the social activity of the groups. 

"The walks are free, led by trained volunteers, and walkers do not need any special equipment just comfortable walking shoes and possibly a waterproof jacket. 

"Walking in a group is a great way to keep fit, lose weight, meet new people, explore your local area, and improve your general health and mental wellbeing. 

"Our walkers are always pleased to tell anyone how joining our groups has changed their lives, improved their health and found them new friends.

Dawn Burt, the Scheme Publicity Officer added: “No-one ever feels lonely after joining one of our walks as they soon chat to other walkers and make new friends.”

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