Dementia Friendly Walking

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We want to ensure that everyone living with dementia and their family, friends and carers can engage in walking. Through our Dementia Friendly Walking project we are providing training, funding and support to make the Walking for Health network dementia friendly. We are also working to raise awareness about the benefits of walking for people living with dementia.

All of the projects that we support through this project will receive a Dementia Friendly Walking accreditation. The accreditation recognises the positive changes put in place by Walking for Health projects to make their walks accessible to people living with dementia.

This project is funded by the Life Changes Trust, whose mission is to drive transformational improvements in the quality of life, well-being, empowerment and inclusion of people living with dementia in Scotland.

Through the Dementia Friendly Project we will:

  • Develop the existing walking for health network to make walking more accessible to people living with dementia
  • Help raise awareness of the benefits of walking to people living with dementia
  • Work with over 20 projects over 3 years to support them to become dementia friendly walking projects 
  • Develop training, resources and sharing of good practice with partners and projects
  • Ensure we become a dementia friendly organisation
  • Develop strong communication plans and link in with policies

Watch our video detailing what we have achieved to date.

We are currently supporting the following Walking for Health projects:


  1. Stirling Walking Network, Active Stirling  
  2. Stride for Life, Live Active Leisure (Perth and Kinross)
  3. Get Walking Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire Council  
  4. Get Up, Get Out, Get Together, East Renfrewshire Council 
  5. WALK East Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust 
  6. Walk Aberdeen, Sport Aberdeen
  7. Positive Steps, Kemnay
  8. Ageing Well, Edinburgh Leisure
  9. KA Dementia Friendly Walking Group, KA Leisure (Ayrshire)
  10. Walk It, Scottish Borders Council
  11. Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust
  12. Walk with Braveheart, The Braveheart Association (Falkirk)
  13. Bums off Seats, Active Fife  
  14. Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association
  15. Walk in the Park, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
  16. Volunteer Midlothian
  17. WDCVS, Dementia Friendly West Dunbartonshire
  18. Mearns Coastal Healthy Living Network, Laurencekirk
  19. Put Your West Foot Forward, West Lothian
  20. Hospitalfield, Angus
  21. Aberdeenshire Health Walks, AHSCP
  22. Nithsdale Walking Works Network, Dumfries and Galloway

As well as developing dementia friendly walks, projects are also working with local befriending services, creating sensory exhibitions and gardens, and developing walking football sessions. 

For more information about the project or to subscribe to our Dementia Friendly Walking newsletter emailDementiafriendly@pathsforall.org.uk or call 01259 230 152.

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