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Tip 18 – reach out

Going for a walk can be a great way to get more familiar with your local area – and the people who live there. 

Our research has found that over half (68%) of older adults feel more connected with their community after taking up regular walking, and nearly three quarters (70%) feel less lonely or isolated – proving the power of walking for those who are feeling secluded.

So why not reach out to someone this National Walking Month and invite them on a walk. 

Or you could try joining a local Living Streets group where you can meet like-minded people. You can never have too many friends, after all!


The joys of walking with others

Feeling motivated to leave your house is a big step to bringing more friends into your life and we know the health benefits it can bring; however, it isn’t always easy to do.

Our Dagenham Over 65s Group, focusses on promoting social engagement, physical activity, and well-being among older people.

"The privilege of hearing about what makes other people happy is all part of what makes meeting new people so precious."

Walking Connects was our Department for Transport funded project exploring how walking can help reduce loneliness and isolation in older adults.