Taking Steps offers health and wellbeing walks in Inverness for people in bereavement. People are welcome to join the group during the first year or so following their bereavement.
Taking Steps is offered by Highland Hospice, a charity aiming to support people, their families and carers, living with an advancing, life shortening illness in the Highlands. We seek to provide patients and their loved ones with respect, dignity and choice both during the patient’s illness and into bereavement.
When you are grieving, it can be difficult to find motivation to get outside and to exercise, even if you want to and believe it’s a good thing to do. Finding sustainable ways to look after your general health and wellbeing can be an important part of grieving. It is increasingly recognised that being active in green spaces has wide ranging benefits. Taking Steps offers gentle yet brisk health and wellbeing walks in a friendly and supportive group of people who have all recently experienced the loss of someone they love.
Taking Steps does not offer formal support but is supported by trained walk leaders from Highland Hospice. People are welcome to join the group during the first year or so following their bereavement. All walkers in the group are ‘in the same boat;’ giving the opportunity to walk in companiable silence, to chat with others who have similar experiences, or a mixture of both.
We meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month, in central Inverness. Gentle and accessible walks include the Whin Park, River Ness and its Islands, and along the Caledonian Canal towpath. The walks are no longer than an hour, and you will be made very welcome, whatever your level of walking ability. After walking, you are welcome to stay on for refreshments and more company and conversation at a nearby café.
There is no charge for the walks, but you will need to bring some money if you wish to come to the café afterwards.
For more information and to register, please contact Ann Craig. You do not need to have had previous contact with Highland Hospice to walk with Taking Steps.
Taking Steps is a partnership with P4W Walk, a health walk project which aims to promote walking and its benefits to people from all walks of life. You can find out more about their regular local health walks across the Highlands on their page.