WELCOME to Carers Stepping Out. We organise scenic, sociable, rejuvenating walks to unpaid home carers and those they care for.
Our walks provide respite from caring duties, promote mental health, benefit fitness and well-being, reduce loneliness and isolation as well as connecting people through Nature, exercise, laughter and cake.
“Every Adventure Begins With The First Step”
To say “thank you” to unpaid carers * To offer accessible walks to suit all capabilities * To foster new friendships * To strengthen the bonds within the local community * To develop a love of the outdoors and an appreciation of the benefits of Nature * To help embed the joy of walking into everyday life of all participants – including those living with disabilities, long terms health conditions, mental health issues and loneliness.
WHY IT MATTERS
There are over 13m unpaid carers in the UK. Many struggle to look after their own well-being, often becoming increasingly isolated as their caring duties increase. During the Covid19 Pandemic many haven’t left their home for exercise or social activities which affects their mental health and well-being.
Stepping Out’s free supported walks in beautiful locals around the UK – countryside, coastal, urban – are designed to give carers and those they care for a break from day-to-day challenges and the courage to venture outdoors again. They can experience the uplifting benefits of Nature and meet others in a similar situation. The walks always finish with refreshments and a chat amongst friends.
Carers are welcome to attend on their own or alongside the person they care for.
IF YOU ARE….
A CARER OR SOMEONE SUPPORTED BY A CARER you can get in touch with us about walks in your local area. We currently operate in Manchester, Doncaster, Hertfordshire, Kent, Essex.
A CARER SUPPORT or HEALTH RELATED ORGANISATION do contact us to discuss opportunities to work together in your area.
A VOLUNTEER who would like to give your time to supporting the walks in your local area either as a leader or a companion.
A POTENTIAL SPONSOR – we’d be delighted to hear from you to discuss the opportunity to back the carers, promote their mental health, benefit their physical fitness and reduce the loneliness and isolation so often inherent in this vital role.
We are proud to announce that we are now working with NHS social prescribing in Hertfordshire.
Delivered by Stepping Out in association with Carer Support Organisations.
Funded by the National Lottery through Sport England