January Newsletter - Happy New Year

Published: 7th February 2020

Happy New year! Welcome to 2020!

We hope you all enjoyed walking over the festive break. We have been delighted to hear from so many of you and we have already been out to see schemes in Oxford, Essex, Sheffield, Northampton, Somerset and Cumbria, London with more in the diary.

If you're having any network meetings, scheme meetings please let us know if you'd like someone from the team to come too.

Happy 90th Birthday

We were so delighted to see this wonderful video of 90 year old walk leader Peter who recently celebrated his birthday! Peter has been walking and volunteering in his local scheme for nearly 16 years and regularly leads 2 walks a week! Described as a 'walking legend' we want to also wish a happy birthday to Peter! You can watch the video here.


Website Maintenance

We will be running regular website updates to ensure it is kept up to date and secure. These updates are tested before they go live but, if you notice that anything isn't working as it should, please let the team know via walkingforhealth@ramblers.org.uk 

This Girl Can

This Girl Can campaign's new video launches this month. The Campaign is based on the insight that 75% of women say they want to do more sporting activities or exercise, but one unifying barrier found to be holding them back is fear of judgement. The new advert has been created on the back of new research that reveals 63% of women who see slim, toned bodies on social media sites say this has a negative impact on them. Ramblers Walking for Health is referenced on the website and you can see the video here.

Funding Available to Get Girls and Women Active

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations, schools, voluntary or community clubs, registered charities or community interest companies for projects that get girls and women active. The funding is being made available through the This Girl Can Community Fund who are looking to support a wide range of different projects that could include Bollywood dance, walking, boxing and yoga, etc. For exceptional projects the grant figure could exceed £10,000. The deadline for submissions is 25 February 2020.

Sport For All Report 

The deep-rooted inequalities that mean people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are far less likely to be physically active have been laid bare in a new report.

Sport for all - why ethnicity and culture matters in sport and physical activity’, , is the most comprehensive ever picture of how people from BAME communities are taking part in sport and physical activity.

The report considers:

  • Overall levels of activity and the significant differences between different ethnic groups
  • The types of activities undertaken by adults and children from different ethnic backgrounds
  • The impact of overlaying multiple demographic characteristics upon activity levels.


Promoting your Walks

Arthritis Action have now launched their Exercise and Activity Directory.
It’s a great place to get your scheme listed (if you haven’t already) – and it’s free!

If you would like to be added to the directory, please contact Sarah Gudgin - Sarah@arthritisaction.org.uk

Get involved: Macmillan Research Project

Would you like to help improve the experience of people living with cancer who are applying for benefits?
Revealing Reality, a social research company in South London, are currently working on a valuable project with Macmillan Cancer Support to improve the social security system for those with cancer.
If you, or someone you know, has had experience of claiming benefits whilst living with cancer, Revealing Reality would really value speaking to you and hearing about your experience. They are currently reaching out to speak to people who are living with cancer and began claiming Universal Credit, ESA or PIP ideally within the last 2 years. The research will involve firstly a quick chat over the phone with one of Revealing Reality’s researchers, with the possibility of a further paid telephone interview.
If you would like more information on the project or would like to speak to a member of the team at Revealing Reality, please get in touch by phoning 02077358040 or emailing Isobel at isobel.newton@revealingreality.co.uk.
And if you know someone who you think might be interested in sharing their story, please let them know about this project and pass on to them the contact details above, for Revealing Reality would love to hear from them.
You can find out more about Revealing Reality and their research projects at www.revealingreality.co.uk.

London Park Walks

The Park Walks Campaign will see Age UK London team up with London SportEscape PainRamblers, and Walking for Health to promote park walking across London. They'll be producing resources for older people's organisations to spread across London - including leaflets to promote the benefits of walking and a toolkit to help spread the word as far as possible. 
Read more about the campaign here.

Resignation of the Ramblers chief executive

The Ramblers chief executive Van Griffiths has resigned on Monday 13th Jan 2020. She joined the charity in 2016 and during her tenure she has revitalised the 85-year old charity.

The board of trustees wish to extend their gratitude and thanks to her and wish her the very best for the future.

Since her appointment, Van has led a major change programme across the Ramblers. She created and delivered a new vision and transformation plan for the charity, to ensure it remains relevant to future generations and thrives as a sustainable entity: in a challenging funding environment, she oversaw substantial income growth during her tenure. Read more here.

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 - we look forward to hearing from you and speaking to you soon!

Best wishes
Ramblers Walking for Health Team
Ed, Emily, Lucy, Paul and Alice