A volunteer walking buddy ‘Move Mate’ meets a person at their front door and accompanies them on a walk; perhaps it’s a walk to the local shop or to pick up a prescription, or it could be a walk to an activity or event they want to attend.
Our Move Mates give people the confidence to get out for a walk, for any purpose, where they would usually struggle to do so on their own.
We initially provide a walking buddy for 3 months, but we're also very happy to provide walking buddies for more short-term goals, such as giving someone the confidence to get to the supermarket for the first time after lockdown.
This project is set up to help adults of any age (18 and over) who are currently inactive or struggling to get out due to reasons such as:
fear of falling
lack of confidence
Our only criteria is that people must be able to physically walk independently (with walking aids if necessary) and must live within the City of York boundary.
The lockdown has seen more and more people taking advantage of our fine network of footpaths. If you’re looking for a wider range of routes, it’s worth considering the 4 booklets published over the last few years, describing a variety of routes and lengths.
Holtby Hikes Walks of 2-5 miles
Dunnington Strolls Walks of 2-3 miles
Dunnington Super Strolls Walks of 4-9 miles
10 on 10 10 circular walks of 6-8 miles, each one starting from a stop on the No. 10 bus route from Stamford Bridge to Poppleton.
Holtby Hikes and Dunnington Super Strolls have just been reprinted, the former generously sponsored by Cockerills the Potato People. The first 3 titles have are commended contribution price of £1.50, and 10 on 10 of £2.50. All four titles are available from Dunnington Newsagents and all proceeds go to the local branch of the NSPCC. So far over £2,000 has been raised.