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A friendly volunteer will visit you once a week to go for a short walk with you in your local area

This service aims to help older people living in Northamptonshire who would like to benefit from regular exercise but feel nervous going out by themselves.

The Walking Befriending Project will support you for as long as you need on a one to one basis, and then encourage you to join one of our group walks in the county if you wish.

Walking Befriending has a £30 admin fee which includes six walks.

By giving encouragement and friendly support, the walking befriender can help people overcome barriers which might be preventing them from being active in later life.  Our support can help you regain your confidence. 

Walking has been proved to be the safest activity for older people to improve their health.  We hope you, or your older relative, will enjoy getting outdoors with us, especially if a long-term health conditions or a disability is discouraging you from getting regular exercise. 

  • Over 65 years old
  • Northampton and Kettering residents

Please call us on 01604 611200 to find out more

or email

Volunteers needed

If you would like to use your spare time to accompany an older person on a short walk around their neighbourhood, why not get in touch.  Getting out in the fresh air and having a chat can make a huge difference to all of us, especially at the moment when we are missing family and friends. 

Please send an email to

Sheila volunteers as a Walking Befriender every week

She says she loves to see how walking together has a positive effect on people's wellbeing.  Going out, talking and having a little laugh.  It's just great!

Please get in touch if you'd like to volunteer as a Walking Befriender?

Volunteer John explains why he enjoys volunteering as a Walking Befriender

Meet new people and make a positive difference to their lives.