Volunteer to help at Boston’s 11 health walks

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Volunteers are needed to support a network of free health walks across the borough.

There are 11 organised walks in Boston which take place on every day of the week, at various times and in vario, including around Central Park, Boston Market Place, Haven bank, Swineshead, Kirton, Old Leake, Donington and more. There are also organised bus trips to other places such as Tattershall Lakes, Snipedales and Freiston Shore.

Currently 120 volunteers support 70 regular health walks each week across Lincolnshire, but more are needed to meet the demand of almost 3,000 regular weekly walkers. Health walks are suitable for beginners and welcome new members at any time, with no long-term commitment.

Sarah Clarke, physical activity manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “Participants learn more about their local area, enjoy the fresh air and look forward to seeing friends and meeting new people. Often there is a café visit at the end of the walk and lots of groups have formed close friendships and socialise after the walk has ended.

“Becoming a volunteer walk leader is a wonderful way to give something back to the community while improving your health, meeting new people and encouraging others to take part in regular activity.”

To become a walk leader individuals will attend a one-day training session. They will then work with their local district coordinator to support or initiate health walks in their local area.

To view a short video about health walks, or to find out more information about your local walks, visit www.lincolnshiresports.com/healthwalks or contact Boston’s health walk co-ordinator Fran Taylor on 01205 354 320.

Boston’s health walks are:

Mondays - Conservative Club, Main Ridge East, 10am, Kirton Town Hall, Station Road, Kirton, 1.30pm

Tuesdays - Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex, Rowley Road, 10.30am,Acorn Day Centre, Horncastle Road, 1pm (Walks for this group are decided at the meeting point on the day, except bus trips detailed below) Tuesday, February 19 – meet at noon, return at 3.30pm (bus trip to Spalding) and Tuesday, March 19 – meet at 12.30pm, return at 3.30pm (bus trip to Snipedales)

Wednesdays - Zion Methodist Church, Brothertoft Road , 10.30am, Mayfields Care Home, Broadfield Lane, 2pm

Thursdays - Swineshead Church Hall, Market Place, Swineshead, 10am, except Thursday, January 17 – meet at 9.30am (bus trip to Tattershall), St. Thomas’s Church Hall, London Road , 1.30pm, except Thursday, January 17 – meet at 1 pm (bus trip to Freiston Shore)

Fridays - Old Leake Community Centre, Furlongs Lane, Old Leake, 1.30pm, Boston Sports and Social Club, Fishtoft Road, 10am, plus New Age Kurling after walk