March Newsletter - Staying Active

Published: 27th March 2020
We hope that you, your teams and volunteers are staying well in this challenging time. We appreciate that there are a lot of unknowns to navigate and want to extend our thanks to everyone for supporting the suspension of group walks in line with our decision following government guidance to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

We will keep you up to date with any changes via the newsletter, our website, Facebook and Twitter

In the mean time, here are some resources and ideas for you to share with your scheme.

Communicating to your walkers

It is important that existing and new walkers know that the programme is suspended. To help you communicate this, we have some things in place:

The website

  • We have added a banner to our website. This will show on all pages, including your scheme page.
  • Please can you update your own scheme page to reflect that all Ramblers Walking for Health walks are suspended. You can find some guidance on how to do that in the Scheme Zone of the website here.
  • You can keep up to date with Ramblers walking guidance and FAQs on the website here

Resources

Staying Active

While group walking is not an option right now, there are plenty of other ways for Walk leaders and walkers to make sure they keep active over the coming months.

  • We have shared this before but there are a wealth of resources from Sport England on staying active indoors.
  • AgeUK have great ideas for those who are building up their strength and fitness.
  • This Girl Can has some specific exercises to do in the home
  • Joe Wicks has started some free exercise routines. Check out Part 1 and Part 2.

 

Staying Connected

So many walkers benefit from the social connections made on walks and keeping physical distance from others increases the chances of someone feeling or becoming isolated. 

There are ways that groups can remain connected while remaining safe and protecting others. Whatsapp groups, facebook and zoom are all great ways to keep connections going.
 

Stories from you: Walking in Bristol

A scheme in Bristol have produced this fantastic video showcasing one of their walks and some of the amazing benefits some of their walkers have experienced. You can see the full video here “I was stuck in at home, I didn’t do much, anxiety affected me, now I feel part of something”
“I look forward to coming every Wednesday”
“I feel more energetic in the week”
“My walking has improved”
 

Website Maintenance

We continue to run 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 
 

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!

How are you keeping your walkers active during Covid-19?
If you have any stories or examples of how your walk leaders and walkers are staying active we would love to hear from you so we can share those ideas with all Ramblers Walking for Health Schemes. Please send any ideas or examples to us via email.Best wishes
 
Ramblers Walking for Health Team
Ed, Emily, Lucy, Paul and Alice