Friday, 26 August 2011

Walks in Leicester: Get Walking Keep Walking arrives (26/8/11)

When I went to the AGM of Leicestershire and Rutland Ramblers earlier this year there was a lot of enthusiasm for the Ramblers Get Walking Keep Walking programme, especially from the representatives of the 20-30s group, and they wanted to know if it could be extended to Leicester.  (Get Walking Keep Walking is the Ramblers scheme to encourage those who are new to walking to give it a go, including by putting on taster led walks, and has been running in Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, London, and County Durham). 
It was a timely question -  because wed just started talking with Leicester City Council about it applying for government funds to do just this.  The Council has now been successful with its application to the government for funding, and weve just announced a new three year project in the city Using these funds, a Ramblers co-ordinator will work in Leicester for the three years, working with employers, community groups, and volunteers, to encourage more people to take part in walks as well as walking on their own.  He or she will be working closely with the eight Ramblers groups in the Area which already organise about 1,000 led walks a year.
Thanks to Roy Denney, Leicestershire and Rutland Area Chair, and the other Ramblers volunteers who have helped to make this happen.  If youd like to know more, heres the link:
Tom Franklin
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