Friday, 14 February 2014

Volunteer And You'll Never Walk Alone

A scheme encouraging healthy walks is looking for volunteers to go the extra mile for their community.

The healthy walks initiative is expanding in East Cambridgeshire with volunteers needed to lead walks and support around 200 walkers.

Ideally, volunteers will be passionate about walking and their local area. People who volunteer will receive free Health Walk Leader Training, First Aid Training, insurance and other resources. The scheme is particularly looking for volunteers in Ely, Fordham and Lode and Bottisham.

The healthy walks were set up by East Cambridgeshire District Council and are supported by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Public Health team.

Val Thomas, Consultant in Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council said: “The expansion of the healthy walks scheme is timely as there is great concern about people being overweight and obese. These conditions can cause chronic illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Walking is fun, free and can help people lose weight as part of a healthy lifestyle.”

County Councillor Tony Orgee, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, added: “We have some beautiful countryside and our towns and villages have some wonderful history. If you are passionate about walking and would like to help people become fitter by helping them explore the local area, please do volunteer. Not only will you be doing something you are keen on, you could be opening someone’s eyes about the local area and helping them healthwise too.”

For more information contact the Health Walks team on 01480 376300 or visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/volunteering