Step Out Sheffield Relaunch!
Having been supported by the city council for over sixteen years, Step Out Sheffield officially relaunched as a voluntary run Walking for Health scheme on Monday 17th October.
What makes this so impressive is the size of the scheme, with 24 walks enjoyed by an average of 470 people every week. More remarkably, there was no break in service as the scheme transitioned from funded to volunteer run.
The relaunch event culminated at Sheffield Town Hall and was preceded by a two and half mile walk through some of the city's most beautiful sites. Walkers were accompanied by Dr Julie MacDonald, High Sheriff of South Yorkshire and welcomed to the town hall by Councillor Denise Fox, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield.
Walking for Health communications manager Leah Mynett, who attended the relaunch, said:
"The relaunch of the scheme is a testament to the sheer dedication and hard work of scheme coordinator Sue Lee and her 135 amazing volunteers walk leaders. I was particularly impressed by the volunteer committee who got together to identify how their individual skills could support the programme and put them to work to ensure the future of this amazing scheme. What they have achieved and the quality of service that they continue to provide is truly inspiring".
As Sue mentioned in her speech at the relaunch event, it's vital that Europe's greenest city has its own health walks scheme:
"The fact that these remarkable people turn out to their weekly health walk speaks volumes about the importance of these walks in combatting social isolation in older people. Meeting friends, entering a stimulating conversation during the walk, enjoying a cuppa and a chat after the walk – these are the things that get people out of the house and meeting people. It is next to impossible to measure the health benefits that these walks provide."