People in the UK are living longer. Making sure we can keep walking in later life is vital to ensuring we stay physically and socially active.
Walking combats loneliness and isolation by providing opportunities to stop and chat. Participation in regular organised walks provides regular physical and social activity for people who might otherwise be less active, and less socially engaged.
Living Streets helps older adults overcome barriers to walking, whether that’s damaged footways, a lack of resting places or inadequate crossings. We work with communities, local authorities and partners to identify the issues and create streets which are safe and welcoming for all ages.
Our walking projects promote healthier lifestyles and ensure people can stay active and connected with their communities in later life.
Our Streets Apart project with Redbridge Borough Council improved the lives of older people in the local community.
We’re working in partnership with older adults across Scotland to take action for safer, better streets for walking, and encouraging walking in later life.
We’re looking for volunteers to join us for an exciting new project to help people over 50 be more active.
Listen to the experiences of men and women who participated in a project Living Streets helped deliver in Sheffield.
An innovative project in the West Midlands has seen staff at a local company provide led walks for older people in the area. Watch our video.
Even a few additional steps a day for the most sedentary can deliver vast mental and physical health benefits
Since April 2013 over 700 older adults have taken part in our walking projects.
And those small steps have had big outcomes, as these numbers reflect.