Renfrewshire residents with learning disabilities are being helped to stay active and healthy by national walking charity, Living Streets Scotland.

Living Streets Scotland, part of the UK charity for everyday walking, is working with Milldale Day Opportunities Centre in Linwood, Renfrewshire, to help their service users get active through walking activities.

Milldale Day Opportunities Centre provides a day service for adults aged 18+ with learning disabilities and helps them lead as full and independent life as possible.

Milldale Centre fully understands the importance of being active as part of an independent and healthy lifestyle which is why they partnered up with Living Streets Scotland to pilot using their WOW Travel Tracker to track physical activity of its service users.

Living Streets’ Travel Tracker is an interactive system that records all modes of travel and is a way to capture and reward activity. The Travel Tracker is normally used as part of Living Streets’ award-winning behaviour change scheme, WOW - the year-round walk to school challenge which is currently delivered in over 220 schools across Scotland.

The partnership with Milldale is allowing Living Streets to try a new setting for Travel Tracker and to explore its potential for wider use.

Milldale started using Travel Tracker with three of its active groups. The group sets a target of activity and once these have been reached, they log them on the interactive Travel Tracker. At the end of each month if all targets have been met and logged, the users are rewarded with a badge. The badges act as a motivator for those taking part and encourage others to join in.

To celebrate the pilot, Living Streets’ famous mascot Strider visited Milldale Centre on Friday 26 April and met service users and staff to congratulate them for being so active.

Rebecca Simpson, Project Manager, Living Streets Scotland said:

“It is great to see our award-winning behaviour change programme being piloted in a new environment. Walking has so many benefits to people of all ages and abilities, from mental and physical health boosts through to promoting independence.

“I’m delighted that the service users of Milldale are increasing their walking and physical activity levels since using the Travel Tracker. It will be exciting to see how we extend this pilot to other centres, helping more people across Scotland stay active and connected.”