Stepping Out With Carers

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STEPPING OUT INTO NATURE in association with NHS Social Prescribing

Carers and the people they care for have suffered in many ways from the Covid19 pandemic. From physical inactivity, mental distress, loneliness & isolation, loss of social confidence. Walking in beautiful natural surroundings, amongst friends, enjoying fresh air and spectacular scenery is one of the simplest and finest antidotes to all they have endured. If only the walks could be offered on the NHS…..well, now they can.
Stepping Out with Carers CIC has been offering walks like these  since 2016 and has now teamed up with the NHS in Hertfordshire to offer them to people struggling after lockdown and their carers as a wonder drug with only beneficial side-effects. The positive power of walking can benefit to people with diabetes, cardiovascular health issues, cancer, lung disease, arthritis, back pain, dementia and other mental health issues and act as a life-enhancing, mood-lifting, vitamin D-absorbing, muscle-toning all-round joy.
The money we raise from this appeal will go directly to the walks – to pay for venues, transport, refreshments, walk leaders, volunteers, special support for those with particular disabilities, Covid19-related precautions, and the infrastructure to make the walks happen. The walks are free to carers and those they care for. A day out with all the stresses removed is our way of saying thank you for the quiet heroic lives they have been leading – not just for the last six months but, in some cases, for years and decades before that.
Please help us, this unique partnership between Stepping Out and the NHS, to raise the funding to support carers and the people they care for – and put a spring in their step.
Thank you.

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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 Carer Support Organisations.

Funded by the National Lottery through Sport England 

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