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: firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile: 07385 380756
Health Walks & COVID-19 Update
Our health walks have been halted for now due to the new coronavirus restrictions. But you can still go walking! In fact it is more important than ever for physical and mental health and resilience.
For more information please see the new guidance from Paths for All.
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.