Our AGM rounds off a year of walking highlights

We’ve published our Annual Report detailing our highlights from April 2019 – March 2020

Paths for All Annual Report 2019-20

We were joined by our wide range of partners at our first virtual AGM as we launch our Annual Report for 2019/20.

Our Annual Report highlights inspiring individual stories and impressive stats from our work over the last year.

Read the Annual Report here.

Our Chief Officer, Ian Findlay CBE commented:

It’s been a privilege for me to lead Paths for All through another year of successes. Working with my colleagues, our funders and our partners, we’re making progress towards a happier, healthier Scotland where everyone walks, every day

"It’s been a busy year for us at Paths for All. Throughout the last 12 months, we have awarded £7.3 million of funding for Walking for Health, Community Paths, active & sustainable travel projects across the length and breadth of the country.

"In May, we held our first ever photography exhibition as part of Edinburgh’s first Open Streets event, hosting it later in the year at the Scottish Parliament. We launched a new website ‘Walkipedia’ - a rich resource of walking data and statistics - which includes the data from our second walking opinion survey highlighting people’s attitudes and barriers to walking in Scotland which we published this year.

"In summer, we moved office to Stirling’s new charity hub, welcoming the opportunity to collaborate with other third sector organisations. We enjoyed a night of celebration at the Scottish Parliament at our Volunteer Awards, and we welcomed our very first Artist in Residence, Alec Finlay, to offer Health Walkers creative activities to develop a deeper connection with their local environment.

"As we approached the end of the financial year, we found ourselves at the beginning of a global pandemic. Over the year ahead, I look forward to Paths for All’s work playing an important role in making Scotland a fairer, kinder, healthier, happier and greener place to live, work and play.”

During the AGM we were delighted to welcome two new Directors to our Board. Beth Mukushi, who was co-opted in January 2020, and Professor Nanette Mutrie.

Beth, who is currently employed by SCVO as its Digital Project Manager, brings a wealth of digital knowledge having led digital services and digital skills projects across the UK.

Nanette is Chair of Physical Activity for Health at the University of Edinburgh and directs the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre there. Nanette has extensive experience of conducting interventions aimed at increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary time with over 200 peer reviewed publications.

As we welcome our new members, we thank two Directors who are leaving our board. James Fowlie, who has been on the Board since April 2006 and is our longest standing Board member, and Nick Kempe who has been with us since January 2014. Both James and Nick have contributed hugely to the development and management of Paths for All during their years as Directors. We thank them both for their dedication and sharing of their time, ideas, and expertise.

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