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Health walks for the deaf community at West Park

Health walks for the deaf community at West Park

Date of release: Friday 2nd October, 2015

The next health walk aimed at the deaf community is taking place on Wednesday October 7th at 12:00pm as part of the Walking for Health Wolverhampton scheme.

Walkers meet outside the West Park Café at 12 noon and walk one lap of the park, led by two Walking for Health trained volunteers who are British Sign Language (BSL) qualified and assisted by members of the Healthy Lifestyles Department.

The first deaf community group walk took place on September 9th and was considered a great success with 20 people taking part and stopping for a drink and chat at the café afterwards.

The Walking for Health scheme is organised by the Wolverhampton Healthy Lifestyle Department as part of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

It aims to encourage people to become more active and healthy through short, recreational health walks and helps remove many of the barriers preventing people from walking.

The scheme is open to everyone and costs nothing to get involved. It offers more than 40 different group walks all led by volunteers, providing people with the opportunity to become healthier and happier while making new friends and discovering the local environment.

This is the first BSL led Walking for Health group in the UK, enabling members of the local deaf community to enjoy the benefits that physical activity can offer.

The walks will be fortnightly to fit in with the local Deaf Club that is held on alternate Wednesdays.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for Public Health Councillor Sandra Samuels said: “This is a fantastic initiative and I am delighted that Wolverhampton is leading the way by holding the first Walking for Health walk in the country specifically designed for people with hearing difficulties.

“Walking is an excellent way to maintain health and fitness levels, and it’s important that we do all we can to enable as many people as possible to take part in regular exercise programmes such as this.”

To enquire about the Walking for Health scheme, please call 08000 734242 or 01902 444246.
Text: 07717498639. Alternatively, email rwh-tr.walkingforhealth@nhs.net

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