It’s good to talk . . . and walk

Shropshire-based charity, Climbing Out, is looking for people who would benefit from attending its monthly walk and talk days, which aim to help people rebuild their motivation following a physical or mental trauma.

The charity says the pandemic has increased the need for its work. In 2021 alone it helped over 100 individuals with its mix of outdoor activities, mental resilience coaching, teamwork, camaraderie, fresh air, fun and one-to-one support.

During tougher Covid restrictions, when Climbing Out couldn’t hold its residential programmes, it launched ‘Walk and Talk Days’ to get people active, reduce social isolation and build mental resilience. The days were a success, so will continue in 2022 with one a month in Shropshire.

Founder, Kelda Wood, leads a small group on a 4-hour walk, at a pace to keep things achievable for everyone. The walks are open to anyone aged 18 years and over, who has been through a mental or physical trauma. Kelda said, “We’ve found that combining fresh air, exercise and the conversation of people with relatable experiences, is a really good starting place to build the confidence to move forward with more purpose and direction.

“It’s a simple concept that has already had a big effect on our attendees. After our walk we usually finish at a café for a brew, some cake and a chat. The social side reminds us how important it is to connect with other people.

“Next year the Walk and Talks will be based in Shropshire, and we’ll be running at least one a month throughout the year. The days out are fully funded, you just need to provide your own transport to the meeting point, food for lunch and come wearing suitable gear for walking.”

The dates released so far are Thursday 13th January, Saturday 26th February, Thursday 31st March, Saturday 30th April, and Thursday 26th May. More dates will be announced in the spring. Visit climbingout.org.uk for more information.

CAPTION: A good walk and talk is great for wellbeing.

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