June Newsletter - The Great Get Together

Published: 18th June 2019

June has brought with it some questionable weather but we have still loved getting out and about on walks with you. Emily joined a walk around their local park, Ed visited Swindon and walked with 99 other walkers (!) while Alice and Paul did two walks in one day with Step Out Sheffield (more about that below). We love to get out on these walks so, maybe we will be on your walk next...

As well as walks, we have been going out and meeting you with more in the diary in the coming months.

Thank you 

Last month we introduced the new team and we have been overwhelmed with the lovely warm welcomes we got from so many of you. It's been lovely to get such kind messages from you all sharing our enthusiasm for the future of Ramblers Walking for Health!

We are in the final stages of recruiting our 5th and final team member, once everything is confirmed we will introduce them to you all.

Email responses 

We are always happy to hear from you and of course answer any questions you might have. Please note that going forward, we will be getting back to all of your queries within 5 working days in order to help us better manage the volume.

Updating resources 

We are delighted to tell you we have turned our attention to update a few of the resources and we are in the process of updating them now. You will see them gradually update on the website and we will let you know when we have done them Currently we are offering all resources electronically and we cannot offer them in hard copy at this time.

Training resources
Updating these resources is a priority for us. We will be doing a 2 stage process:

  • Stage 1 - This will be the quick fixes we can do in the short term to make sure that the training that is currently being delivered can be as up to date as possible. We will follow this up with...
  • Stage 2 - a consultation with Cascade trainers to inform a training review and update.

We are planning to deliver at least 2 Cascade training session this year. We will share the dates with you as soon as we have more information on this.

The Great Get Together

This year, the Ramblers is partnering with the Jo Cox Foundation for their nationwide campaign called The Great Get Together.
This brings communities together to achieve national unity. It was founded by the Jo Cox Foundation in the wake of MP Jo Cox’s murder in 2016. Based on her fundamental values of kindness, compassion and inclusivity, the campaign seeks to continue Jo's positive legacy and promote the powerful message that we have more in common than that which divides us. This years’ third annual Great Get Together will take place from 21st- 23rd June 2019, in celebration of what would have been Jo’s 45th birthday.
The Ramblers is getting involved because we know our groups across the country connect so many people to each other in communities across Britain, helping to combat loneliness and isolation. Many members have developed lifelong friendships, and some have even met their partners whilst walking. We’d love to encourage more people to experience the welcoming and supportive environment of our group walks.
Do you have a group walk planned between 21-23rd June?
Would you like your walk to be part of the Great Get Together?
If so, we can help promote the walks and encourage more people to get involved. We will also send you a free resource pack of gingham table cloths and bunting, which could be useful for picnics at the end of walks, as well as stickers, invitations, wristbands, photo boards, conversation menus and leaflets. You could use these as part of your walk for a coffee break or if you’re having a picnic.

Step Out Sheffield celebrates 20 years 

To mark a fantastic 20 years of Step Out Sheffield, Alice and Paul spent the day with 80 walkers, walk leaders and Coordinator Sue Lee for two sunny walks and heard all about their success. Step out is entirely volunteer-led, since 1999 they have had over 400,00 attendees and still see over 500 people walking in 29 locations across Sheffield each week.

Everyone benefits from the walk, but also from the social contact and friendship, and one walker explained after 4 years of attending: “I think these walks have saved my life because when my wife died I thought that was the end of me. Now I’ve got a social life and I’m beginning to live again.”

The scheme celebrated on Monday 20th May by presenting 60 volunteers and walkers with certificates to recognise their attendances and years of involvement. We wish Step Out Sheffield all the best for the next 20 years!

Share your story 

If you have any feel good stories, any examples of things working really well, any achievements or accomplishments in your scheme, please let us know. Send any news to walkingforhealth@ramblers.org.uk and we look forward to hearing from you and speaking to you soon!
Best wishes
Ramblers Walking for Health Team

Ed, Emily, Paul and Alice

Tuesday, 18 June, 2019 - 11:32