Making a Difference in the Tamar Valley Community

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As the evenings start to draw in, spare a thought for those around you who, at this time of year, see fewer people, have less social interaction, and are unable to get out as easily to enjoy regular exercise.

The Tamar Valley AONB team is seeking volunteers to lead walks and support walkers to help them stay motivated, in the Gunnislake area, that will make such a difference to many people’s every day lives as autumn and winter sets in.

Anyone can join the group and we will be encouraging people to just come along. It will be a chance to make new friends and explore your local area, with no specialist equipment required.

The Tamar Valley AONB team will be working in partnership with Walking for Health and the Living Well programme, to promote the benefits of walking. The aim of the scheme is to reduce the risk of individuals going into hospital, helping them to become more active and socially mobile in order to regain their strength and fitness.

Becki Lumbis, Education & Community Resource Officer from the Tamar Valley AONB, says; “We’re aiming to run weekly walks of varying lengths, from just 10 minutes to around 1 ½ hours. If you can spare any time at all to lead a walk, we would love to hear from you”.

Becki continues; “All training is provided and all walks will be risk assessed and mapped ready for the leaders. You won’t be alone, as there will be 2 walk leaders per session”.

If you need a little more convincing, here are just a few of the benefits that walking for 30 minutes a day, five times a week, can give you;

×        Reduces your chance of a heart attack or stroke by 30%

×        Reduces your chances of contracting certain cancers by 50%

×        Can help you to lose up to 1 stone in weight in just 2-3 months.

×        Can help reduce stress, depression and help you sleep better.

×        Can help reduce your chances of contracting diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis.

×        Being active has been proven to fight illness and improve your life expectancy, as well as giving you a better quality of life.

If you feel you would like to help, or would like further information, please contact Becki at the Tamar Valley AONB team – 01822 835030, rlumbis@tamarvalley.org.uk, or pop into the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, if you are passing by during the week.

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