First step for Wiltshire Council’s Dementia Walk

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Wiltshire Council has launched a weekly walk for people living with dementia and their carers. 

About ten strollers took part in the first ever Walking for the Mind event with a short and shady riverside stroll around Bradford on Avon. 

Wiltshire Council community walk co-ordinator, Louise Gale, said: “It was a lovely event, and a great way to start the group off. 

“We made the first walk a little shorter than planned because of the hot weather, and we look forward to welcoming more people when it is a little cooler.” 

The walk will start from Bradford on Avon Library at 2pm every Monday except for bank holidays. 

The gentle walks will last between 30-60 minutes, led by volunteers who have attended dementia awareness training. After the walks the group will visit a cafe for a cuppa and a chat.  

That social element offers a valuable lifeline for people living with the condition and their loved ones who often feel isolated and alone. 

John Thomson, cabinet member for leisure, said: “Walking for the Mind is a brilliant idea, which was suggested to us by a lady whose husband has dementia. We were delighted to get the project off the ground. 

“Being physically active can improve the symptoms of dementia. Walking has a range of physical and well-being benefits that can improve the quality of life for people in all stages of the condition.” 

The new group forms part of the council’s Get Wiltshire Walking project, which encourages good health and exercise by arranging regular rambles all around the county. 

For more information please contact Louise Gale, walks co-ordinator, or 07342 066608.


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