Age UK Milton Keynes has been given £71,964 National Lottery funding from Sport England to run a two-year Walking Befrienders project to help reduce the number of inactive older adults.
The Walking Befrienders project will support older people living in Milton Keynes who have experienced a significant life event, such as bereavement or illness, which has put them at risk of isolation and/or loneliness. The project will train volunteer befrienders to accompany an older person on a short walk near their home. By providing encouragement and friendly support, the walking befriender will help people overcome barriers which might be preventing them from being active in later life.
Walking has been proved to be the safest activity for older people to improve their health. The project will be suitable for most older people, including those with long-term health conditions and disabilities, and will have the added benefit of attracting the more able bodied older people to volunteer as walking befrienders.
Regain your confidence with us
This free service aims to help older people who would like to benefit from regular exercise but feel nervous going out by themselves. Our trained volunteer will visit you at home and walk with you in your local area.
Please call us on 01908 550700 to find out more.