Everyone is welcome to The Big Step Out a national campaign to highlight the lives of unpaid carers – the UK’s invisible home carers, and those they care for!
We’re inviting friends, carers, school children, supporters and well behaved dogs to walk 1, 3, 6 or 12 miles around Bewl Water on Wednesday the 29th June 2022 starting at 10am! Bernard, our Stepping Out mascot dog will also be there to say woof to everyone participating!
We’d love everyone who takes part to raise what they can in sponsorship (we suggest a minimum sponsorship of £1 a mile per person) which will all go towards arranging more fabulous Stepping Out walks across the country.
Our walks are a life-line to so many carers who work tirelessly to look after someone in their own home but have very little time for themselves and often feel isolated. Just being supported to step outside and experience the benefit of Nature can do wonders for carers’ well-being.
There are an estimated 155,000 unpaid carers in Kent alone* and carers and the people they care for are seven times more likely to be lonely than the general population. Often caring for a relative or friend at home can be isolating, many in this position feel simply forgotten by the wider society, so anything we can raise through our Walking Festival will be so gratefully received!
How to participate
Our numbers are restricted but if you’d like to come along, we’d love to see you! All we ask if that you register with us (registration is free!) and then commit to raising what you can to support the ongoing delivery of Stepping Out Walks to Carers and those they care for up and down the country. Tickets for the walks are free and include lunch. https://carerssteppingout.givenow.help/TheBigStepOut
You can register here as a walker or volunteer by following the to our Stock Crowd page for ‘The Big Step Out’ Walking Festival.
Simultaneously, everyone across the UK are invited to to Step Out for Carers with a walk of any length in your own geographical area, with friends, family, dogs or simply alone in June and July to show your support of the country’s 13.2 million unpaid carers. Head to our Fundraiser Hub and set up your own fundraiser to walk for carers.
If you’re unable to support ‘The Big Step Out’ on the 29th June 2022 but would like to give a donation to support our wider walk programme and enable us to put on more Stepping Out walks around the country, please visit our donation page by clicking here.
Please click here for information about the event and to register. It’s a fabulous opportunity to grow with us, support the UK’s hidden home carers and help us grow our walking programme and our awareness across the UK!
We also have opportunities for you to sponsor our individual walks which take place in different locations up and down the country throughout the year! Just get in touch to find out more!
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