Our Buddy Walks support people who want to build their confidence and motivation to undertake short everyday walks, and supports people to get back into the walking habit.
Walkers are “buddied up” with a partner, and plan short walks together in the local area. The walks take place over a four-week period and are taken at the walkers' pace and level of confidence. At the end of the walks, walkers can join other walking activities to maintain their confidence and fitness levels.
This pilot pilot project ran between June 2020 and May 2021, and at the end the majority of walkers felt it had been a real benefit to them. The participants have reported they are walking short distances by themselves which they didn't have the confidence or motivation to do before.
The Project Coordinator referred people to Path for All's Health Walk programme, and there is an opportunity to develop this informal referral system in partnership with other health services. We hope that these walks will lead to participants improving and then maintaining their activity levels, and going on to take part in other initiatives to meet new people and making social connections in their local community. Participants can also get involved with their local Out and About group, which work in partnership with older people to improve and/or maintain wellbeing through walking and have their say about their local streets and pavements.
The Scottish Borders Council Local Area Coordination Team has also developed its own small ‘buddy walking group’ in one of the local towns, and the Scottish Borders Council ‘Walk It’ coordinator is also now rolling out a programme of one to one buddy walks with Walk It volunteers.
In partnership with Outside the Box, we supported the development of a ‘Travel with Confidence’ video to offer reassurance and increase travellers’ confidence in using Border Buses during the pandemic.
Get in touch
Many of our activities are happening remotely and online due to the ongoing need for physical distancing. But we still want to hear from you! Please send an email to email@example.com and we’ll let you know how you can get involved.