Volunteering can be a walk in the park

Volunteers are needed to help deliver a programme of free walks in East Dunbartonshire.

Andy Lynch recently became East Dunbartonshire’s new health walk co-ordinator as part of the ‘W.A.L.K. programme’ - delivered by a partnership including East Dunbartonshire Leisure Culture and Trust, Community Health and Care Partnership and charity Paths for All.

The ‘Paths For All’ organisation, which has the motto ‘Walk: Everyone, Everyday, Everywhere’, provides support to volunteers across Scotland who lead short, low-level local walks - encouraging residents to take up gentle exercise.

Andy, who has a background in fitness, has been tasked will building up a group of volunteers, who will receive free training, support and insurance for a few hours a week of their time.

He said: “I understand the benefits of walking, but delivering the 30 minute walks has opened up my eyes to how simple but effective walking is for connecting people from the community and installing confidence, self-esteem, while gaining friendships.

“The health benefits of the walk are a bonus, but people gain from the group meeting once a week; chatting on the walks, and especially the cup of tea at the end of a walk.”

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Andy Lynch at Andy.Lynch@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or call 0141-777-3070.

Alternatively, you can attend a Thursday walk at 10.30am at Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre to speak to Andy about the project.

There will also be a special Commonwealth Big Fit 30 minute walk taking place on June 13.

To find out more visit www.edlc.co.uk and www.pathsforall.org.uk.