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Enjoy a walk and a bit of company

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.

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

The Walking Befriending Project provides you with 12 free, weekly walks, after which we will support you in joining one of our group walks in the county if you wish.  Or you may continue to receive the one-to-one service for a small charge.

The Walking Befriending Project is kindly funded by Public Health England and Sport Northamptonshire.

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 resident 
  • Starting in Kettering soon

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

Coming to Kettering in September

We will be starting a Walking Befriending Project in Kettering. A friendly volunteer will accompany you on a walk near your home.

Enjoy walking with a supportive volunteer

Volunteer George gives Rosemary the confidence she needs to go for a regular walk near her home. Their walks together have averaged just under two miles and they say that so far they have been lucky with the weather.

Get in touch if you're interested in this service or would be able to volunteer.

Call us on 01604 611200