This is part of our Wellbeing Service
Our Wellbeing Service is about ensuring that older people have the opportunity to lead the very best life they can. Because growing older is a different experience for everyone, the Wellbeing Service offers a range of different elements - such as Walk and Talk, Wellbeing Friends, Friendly Phone Calls and Chat and Map - to help individuals feel less lonely, always listened to and given the tailored support they need to improve their quality of life.
What is 'Walk and Talk'?
Our free ’Walk and Talk’ service aims to support older people who would like to get out and benefit from fresh air and being more active but don’t feel very confident about going out by themselves or would just appreciate some company.
What does the Walk and Talk service offer?
After clients have registered they will be matched with a suitable volunteer. Then over an initial 16 week period, clients will be called for by the volunteer each week, who will then go out with them out for a short walk starting from (and returning to) the client’s home.
The pace of the walks will be set by the client and will not be strenuous. Every client is different and so the duration of the walks will be tailored to their needs and wishes. The social aspect of having a friendly chat during the meeting is seen as just as important as the walk!
What are the benefits of the service?
- An increase in confidence
- An increase in fitness
- A reduction in feelings of loneliness or isolation
- Improvement in physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
- Meeting new people, making new connections
- Being introduced to new activities in the area
Who is Walk and Talk for?
Anyone over 60 in the Somerset and North Somerset can sign up for Walk and Talk. (If no local volunteers are immediately available there may be a short delay but we will do our best to find one).
Priority will be given to those who live alone.
Is there a charge for this service?
The service is free!
However we are a charity and if you would like to make a donation these are not required but are always gratefully received!
Who are the Volunteers?
Our Volunteers are friendly local people of all ages, (although the majority are 60+ themselves), who are supervised by us, and have undergone DBS checks and training to be able to help us with this service.
(If you might be interested in becoming a Volunteer for this service we'd be delighted to hear from you! Please learn more on our Volunteering page, email email@example.com or call 01823 345627.)
How to apply for the Walk and Talk service
To apply for the Walk and Talk service please click the button and complete the form. We will then contact you to discuss how the service can meet your needs. Alternatively contact the team using the details below.