Keeping active is not only important for our day-to-day health and well-being, but also plays a key role in helping us to age well.
Living Streets’ research shows that nearly one in three (31%) over 65s are prevented from walking on their local streets because of cracked pavements. Nearly two thirds of over 65s (60%) are worried about poor pavements and half of older adults (48%) would walk more if pavements were well-maintained.
Ilona Carati, Walking Friends Wales Project Coordinator for Living Streets Cymru, said:
“Walking provides so many physical and mental health benefits, but things like poorly designed streets, pavement parking and street clutter can make it difficult for some of us to get out and about. Walking Friends Wales can help older adults enjoy exercise inside or outdoors and feel more connected to their local community.”
When people register for the programme, they will be introduced to a Walking Friend who will take them through an 8-week programme of self-guided activities which can be done indoors and outdoors. The Walking Friend can also help to identify and report any changes that are needed in local areas, such as a new pedestrian crossing or improved footpaths, to help participants get around more safely.
It's easy to refer yourself, a friend, relative or client – or contact Ilona Carati, Walking Friends Wales Project Coordinator for Living Streets Cymru.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 07566 777410.
Walking Friends Wales is funded by the Healthy & Active Fund, a partnership between Welsh Government, Sport Wales and Public Health Wales.