Health Walk Groups
HTSI hosts the Health Walk Co-ordinator’s post as part of the Think Nature Health Walks project in partnership with Paths for All and Think Health Think Nature. The project co-ordinator covers rural Highland, supporting existing health walk groups and creating new opportunities for walking in communities, promoting increased physical activity to improve wellbeing and quality of life.
To find out more please contact: Charlotte Mackenzie, Health Walk Co-ordinator, email: email@example.com, mobile: 07385 380756
Health Walks & COVID-19 Update
With mainland Scotland’s move to Level 3 of the Covid route map on the 26th April, there are a number of changes to Health Walks:
• Health Walks can now go ahead with a maximum of 30 participants.
• Walkers and volunteers can meet after the walks in groups of a maximum of 6 people from 2 households inside cafes or restaurants and in groups of a maximum of 6 people from 6 households, outside café’s or restaurants or with a takeaway.
• Walkers and volunteers can travel from anywhere, to anywhere, to take part in a Health Walk.
Health Walks are still subject to the physical distancing.
Please get in touch if you would like to hear more about Health Walks: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Health Walks and Buggy Walks
Most of our Health Walk groups are up and running again. Along with our existing groups we now have a number of new groups would have started up recently in Castletown, Fort William and Kyle of Lochalsh, with groups in Golspie and Fort Augustus to follow this spring.
In partnership with CALA we also have a new programme of Buggy Walks. Groups are now running in Thurso, Kilmallie, Kinlochleven, Strontian and Ardgour, with more to follow this spring/summer.
TNHW Spring Newsletter
Think Nature Health Walks – Health Walks Co-ordinator
Charlotte Mackenzie, 30/11/20
It’s fantastic to see the amount of interest and increase in the number of people joining health walks recently. Covering rural Highland, the project has seen 7 out of 10 health walks begin walking since lockdown, as well as the development of 6 new groups.
Online Walk Leader training sessions, delivered by Paths for All, during November and December will result in over 30 volunteers being trained and ready to lead new walks in Castletown, Golspie, Fort Augustus, Kyle of Lochalsh, and a further 2 in Caithness and Sutherland early next year. Some of the new groups will be working with local organisations and volunteers to include themed walks focusing on health and wellbeing, mindfulness, nature connection and will include creative elements in their regular health walk programmes.
Recently Think Nature Health Walk members have told us that attending weekly health walks has been a lifeline to them, and in some cases has been the only weekly outing they have had, during a time when many people have felt isolated within their communities.
Health walks are an ideal way of getting regular exercise and meeting up with others outdoors safely. They are permitted under Scottish Government guidance regarding Covid19 and up to 30 people can participate in organised group health walks. Health walks are exempt from the ‘informal social meetings’ guidance and come under the organised, outdoor, non-contact sport and physical activity guidance. For each health walk detailed risk assessments are carried out and physical distancing is maintained during the walks, to keep all volunteers and walkers safe.
Our health walk groups welcome everyone and are set at a pace to suit the walkers. Health walks are led by trained volunteer walk leaders along routes which are low-level, local and are free!
If you would like to join one of our health walk groups across Highland or are interested in becoming a walk leader please get in touch. Details of walks in your area can be found on the Paths for All website.
To find out more please contact: Charlotte Mackenzie, Health Walks Co-ordinator, Think Nature Health Walks.