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Volunteer walk leaders in Somerset thanked for their dedication and hard work

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Over 50 walk leaders from South Somerset, Mendip, Sedgemoor and Taunton health walk schemes attended the Thank You event, held in Langport, which involved celebrating the success of the walk leaders, the progression of the health walk schemes and of course, involved a health walk where feedback from their own health walks was obtained.

All health walk leaders have taken part in free walk leader training courses and have gone on to lead many health walks in their local area. Becoming a walk leader is a rewardable role, as it encourages people to get more active, explore the outdoors and meet new people.

Although rewarding, becoming a health walk leader requires a big commitment to make sure routes are properly recced and risk assessed, walks are well promoted and new walkers are welcomed. The health walk leader Thank You event is a great opportunity to recognise walk leaders continued time and effort in making sure the walks are led successfully.

Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Culture at South Somerset District Council said, "A few months ago during National Volunteers Week, we said thank you to all those who volunteer to help others across South Somerset, but this event especially recognises the hard work and dedication of health walk leaders in Somerset. I'm sure that all the leaders have changed people's lives in some sort of positive way, whether it be helping them to exercise more by walking or getting someone out of their comfort zone at home and meeting new people to interact with."

There are over 30 regular health walks in South Somerset that are held either weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, led by 100+ volunteers.

Health walks are a great form of exercise, low cost and sustainable. To find a walk in your local area, visit our health walks page or contact the Healthy Lifestyles Team to find out when the next walk leader training day is by emailing or by calling 01935 462 347.

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