Crosslet care home offers weekly bench to bench walks

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Walk in the Park's Big Fit Walk at Crosslet House Day Service in Dumbarton celebrated their Walking for Health and Dementia Friendly Walking project.

Group of peopleThis joint initiative between Walk in the Park and Crosslet House Day Service aimed to get more people in Scotland walking more often.  Ian Findlay, Chief Officer at Paths for All, said: “The Big Fit Walk helps put the fun into walking! Walking in groups can boost self-esteem, create opportunities to meet new people in our area, or discover some local hidden treasures.”

The event was held in the beautiful garden space at the Crosslet House Day Service and Residential Care Home, which is decorated throughout with flowers, benches and wooden sculptures.  Walkers were able to enjoy the good garden path network as well as Strength and Balance posts. 

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Dementia Champion, said: “I was delighted to see so many people take part in the walk starting at the beautiful setting of our new Dumbarton care home. I was also heartened to see how passionate the local community is to support people with dementia and to show our commitment to ensure nobody lives with dementia alone. The walk was a lovely way to raise awareness of people affected by dementia and their families and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to come along."

Group of people walking including a wheelchair user

Convener of Health and Social Care Partnership, Councillor Marie McNair, said: “It’s great to see people supporting the Big Fit Walk and offering their support to raise awareness for families affected by dementia.  The walk was also a great opportunity for people to boost their own health and make new friends whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery we have here on our doorstep.”

Crosslet House Day Service, who hosted the event, already delivers Walking for Health activities and supports service users on weekly Bench to Bench walks at Levengrove Park; this activity is part of a variety of health and well-being activities delivered by the service.

Health Walks play an important part in enabling people living with dementia to access the outdoors, engage in physical activity and meet people within a safe and secure outdoor environment.  Support in the form of our Volunteer Walk Leaders is crucial to delivering dementia friendly Health Walks.

Walk in the Park with their Dementia Friendly Walking accreditationPaths for All want to ensure that everyone living with dementia and their family, friends and careers can engage in walking.  Through the Dementia Friendly Walking project Paths for All have provided training and support to make the Walk in the Park project dementia friendly.

Walk in the Park also received their Dementia Friendly Walking accreditation from Paths for All.  This accreditation recognises the positive changes put in place by Walk in the Park to make their walks accessible to people living with dementia. 

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