Walking for health and friendship in West Ham Park

Sunshine and smiles during the walk leader training at West Ham Park.

Sunshine and smiles during the walk leader training at West Ham Park. - Credit: Archant

Knowing that walking is good for your wellbeing staff at West Ham Park hold weekly walks to encourage people out into the fresh air.

As part of the national Walking for Health scheme they are keen to promote the benefits of walking.

A walk leader training workshop, led by support officer, Paul Thompson, 33, was designed to give people the skills needed to start their own group.

He said: “We have always offered our walks with the intention that volunteers would eventually lead them but nobody has yet had the confidence. We wanted to give them that.”

The day included time in the classroom looking at how to plan a walk.

The group then headed out into the park to put theory into practice.

Paul is keen to emphasise anyone of any age is welcome to join a group.

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“We are always trying to make our walks inclusive and accessible to everyone.

“We have an 84-year-old who joins us. She is the fastest.

“And then everyone goes to the cafe afterwards.”

Free walks take place in the park every Wednesday at 11am. Everyone welcome.

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