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.