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"It's marvellous to get out"

Would you like to get out and about in your local community?

Walking Friends is here to support people who may benefit from a regular walk with one of our friendly volunteers. A lot of people have experienced bereavement or illness in the last year or so, or are simply feeling cautious about going out again. Walking has been proved to be the safest activity for older people to improve your heath and well-being. 

How we can help

Our Walking Friends offers you a regular walk and an opportunity for a chat with a friendly volunteer. We'll match you up with a  person who lives near you and who also enjoys walking.

This service is free of charge.

How Walking Friends can benefit you or someone you know

  • It can help to reduce the feeling of loneliness
  • It helps people to build confidence about going out and about in their local community
  • It provides a chance for a chat whilst enjoying being outside and getting some exercise

What our clients and volunteers say about Walking Friends

An 89 year old lady from Worcester who has been indoors for 2 years said " It was marvellous to get out". 

A 74 year old in Malvern said "It was absolutely splendid! Lovely, varied walk and a good pace for me. The distance was perfect"

A 90 year old gentleman in malvern commented " It has done me the world of good!"

How do I contact Walking Friends?

If you would like to make a referral whether that’s for yourself or someone you know please contact us using the details below.

Once we have your details we can match you with a volunteer.

Contact Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire:

Telephone: 0800 008 6077

Email: referralhub@ageukhw.org.uk

Could you be a Walking Friend?

If you are a dog owner or someone who already walks regularly why not consider becoming one of our Walking Friends? Your contribution could make all the difference to the life of an older person. Volunteers will all receive training from Age UK H&W before they start.

Our volunteers say

" I really enjoy the time I spend with him" and " My walks are absolutly brilliant"

"Ann* and I did the Monday Age UK Lower Wick walk. Ann knew Hilary so that helped. We enjoyed the walk even though we did have a shower. We plan to walk with the group next Monday and will be walking togetheragain next week in the park in St Johns."

* not her real name

Please complete the application form below and we'll then get in touch.

It's quick and easy to become a volunteer

Click apply now to complete our online application form. Alternatively if you would like a printable version please email volunteering@ageukhw.org.uk