Partnership ‘walking’ for mental health
On Friday 13th May, 40 members of the public took part in a guided walk around the picturesque Knap area of Barry. Taking in the sights of the Old harbour parade and Cold Knap prom, walkers enjoyed the gentle exercise and the opportunity for a chat.
A good number of Valeways regulars attended the event, as well as first time walkers who saw the event advertised on social media and the local press. Sue Osborne who came along for her first walk said, ‘I’ve recently moved to Barry from Cardiff and had been walking alone. I saw the advert in the Glamorgan Star and decided to come along. I have met two new friends today, enjoyed a walk and even treated myself to a cup of coffee and a tea cake afterwards – I wouldn’t have done this alone.’
The walk had been organised as a joint venture by local mental health charity Mind in the Vale of Glamorgan and local walking charity Valeways as part of a series of community events taking place over Mental Health Awareness Week. Menna Jones commented ‘It was great to see so many people enjoying the walk and chatting about all sorts of things, a great example of community and connecting with others through a shared interest.’
Walk leader Mike Edwards commented, ‘Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, I know some people were surprised to see friends who they had not seen for some time. Taking part in a walk is not just the walking, which is good for your health, but the social side of it is just as important.’
Valeways offers regular, sociable walks that are free to join for all – from gentle strollers to more energetic walks. The full programme can be found on their website: valeways.org.uk or call 01446 749000.
Author: Menna Jones
Posted on: 16th May 2022