Stepping Out With Carers

Dear Friends,

We’re so sorry to announce that STEPPING OUT CARERS WALKS are suspended until at least the end of May due to the Coronavirus outbreak. However, carers, those they care for, volunteers and partners are very welcome to join our new initiative Stepping Out Staying In – so we can all stay connected while enjoying Nature, activity and the company of friends in the safety of our own homes, including:

 A talking service, via telephone, email, WhatsApp, Facebook & social media.

Photograph & Story sharing

Information-exchange,

Healthy recipe swap

Activity/exercise suggestions,

WhatsApp groups,

Online book club,

Shared interest groups,

Virtual walks, (by film, photo and description)

Brilliant tips on how to pass the time when you are self-isolating,

Bernard updates (our mascot dog) – other pet celebrities very much welcome,

Film and television reviews…and more

 If you would like to know more contact: hallosteppingout@gmail.com

 Please note: Official Government advice states that, apart from people who are in households with symptoms or who have pre-existing health conditions that put them at increased risk of contracting COVID-19, going for a walk independently can continue and is an excellent way to maintain health and wellbeing – provided independent walkers stay more than two metres from others.

Every adventure begins with the first step

Welcome to Stepping Out – a series of scenic, sociable, entertaining walks in some of Britain’s greatest beauty spots, created especially for carers and the people they care for. It’s a mini-break – with all the organisational stresses removed.

Every venue hosts two walks – a brisker, longer walk around 3 miles for those who want to explore the local scenery and a shorter walk, up to a mile, on easy terrain suitable for anyone in a wheelchair or with mobility issues.

All are guided with local knowledge and expertise by volunteers from the Ramblers. Following the expeditions, all walkers come together for a convivial and communal lunch.

These walks are tailored to specific needs. Benches, disabled loos and pubs are at the forefront of our thinking. Where possible, we also provide free transport (with space for wheelchairs) for those who find it difficult to reach the venue.

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Do get in touch if you are:

A carer or someone cared for – and you would like to know more about the availability of Stepping Out in your area. So far, we operate in Kent, Manchester, Doncaster, Hertfordshire and Essex.

A Ramblers group who would like to trial a Carers’ Walk in your area.

A community group or sponsor who would like to support the life-enhancing, health-promoting, fun-inducing value of walking and talking with friends.

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Delivered by Stepping Out in association with The Ramblers and Carer Support Organisations.

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Funded by the National Lottery through Sport England 

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