Following a successful pilot project run in 2013, the easy walking programme Acorn Steps is now available for those interested in doing more walking, but who lack the confidence to get out by themselves.
This free programme, for adults and accompanied children, offers six weeks of gentle walks at a pace and gradient to suit the individual. Small groups, usually between two and ten participants, are lead by experienced walk leaders from The Footprint Trust. All staff are DBS-checked, hold first aid training and are experienced in working with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
Potential clients meet up with Helen Stichbury for initial assessment, to find out what their needs and requirements may be, then Helen designs walks which are suitable for them. They are matched with people with similar requirements, so need never feel they are having to ‘run to catch up’.
Last year, most people who started the programme were doing almost no exercise at all. But by the end of the course, they walked 4 miles:-
As well as enjoying getting more active, meeting new people and going to new places, those who participated also noticed their mood lifting and confidence improving:-
To join Acorn Steps, it is expected that:-
• People are physically capable of walking for about 15 minutes
• People will be able to get themselves to the starting point of the walk
• People will commit to the full six weeks of the programme.
People can be professionally referred, or join up themselves. Contact Helen on 07582 238678 for further details.
1. Both the Acorn Steps 2013 pilot and the 2014 programme are funded and monitored by Isle of Wight Public Health.
2. Acorn Steps is delivered by Helen Stichbury, UKPHR registered public health practitioner no. PR0121, in conjunction with The Footprint Trust, an educational charity (registered charity no. 1106024, registered company no. 04587815).