Volunteers of Step Out Swindon, Walking for Health scheme, were chosen as winners of the Pride of Swindon Team Award for 2019.
The Pride of Swindon Awards honour the extraordinary commitment the people of Swindon make to their local community.
The Award was presented by the Mayor of Swindon at a ceremony attended by the Lord Lieutenant and the Sheriff of Wiltshire, local MPs and Swindon Councillors.
Members of the Swindon and North East Wiltshire Ramblers Group had been involved in leading Walking for Health walks for a number of years. Swindon Council decided to withdraw funding from the scheme in 2017. Many of the health walkers were also Ramblers, therefore a team of volunteers led by Grahame Lee, chair of Ramblers Swindon and NE Wiltshire group, decided that they could not let down the 250 people who walked each week. Instead, they decided to set up their own Walking for Health scheme, starting Step Out Swindon.
Since October 2017, the number of weekly walks increased from six to nine and the number of registered walkers has increased to 500.
The scheme is self-funded, led by the leadership team and supported by around 40 volunteers, without whom the walks would not be possible.
Many walkers are members of both the Ramblers group and Step Out Swindon. The two groups truly provide a sofa to summit solution for those seeking to improve their health and wellbeing, as well as offering many social opportunities.
The scheme goes from strength to strength with new walkers joining every week and clearly demonstrates what can be achieved when working together.
Congratulations to Step Out Swindon on their award and all that they do to keep the people of Swindon active.
Find out more about walking with Step Out Swindon, Walking for Health.