North Cumbrian Walking Group Launched For Local Veterans And Families

Forces Link, an initiative that looks to increase opportunities and support for the local ex-service community and their families, has announced its new weekly walking group, ‘Forward Step’.

Joining a walking group like Forward Step can be rewarding, fun and provide a life-changing impact on mental health and wellbeing.

Evidence shows that regular exercise such as walking could reduce the risk of depression, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer.

Veterans and families in the Penrith area are invited to join the walks, which take place weekly on a Wednesday at 10am.

The walk starts at Sainsbury’s car park in New Squares, Penrith and routes vary every week.

The walk will take between 45 to 60 minutes and the pace is dictated by the group, so all abilities are welcome.

Forward Step is a great way to discover more of your local area, meet new people and enjoy the outdoors.

Project Coordinator and leader of the walks, Richie Hinson, is an Army veteran who has experience and understanding of the challenges and issues that some members of the ex-service community can face.

Richie said: “Forward Step, Veterans and Families Health Walk, has been set up to give people a regular opportunity to get outside and improve their health and well-being through walking.

“The group provides chances to form new friendships, connections and support networks in a relaxed, informal environment.”

Carlisle and Eden Forces Link is a local partnership project that aims to create greater opportunities and support for the local ex-service community and their families throughout the Carlisle and Eden districts.

The initiative is supported by Eden District Council, Cumbria CVS, The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, Carlisle City Council, and Cumbria County Council’s Local Committees for Carlisle and Eden.

For more information, contact Richie Hinson on 07458050141 or 01768 800350, or follow @ForcesLink on Facebook and Twitter.