Walking and meeting people: two things I love
We met volunteer Chris, who told us how satisfying it is to do something you are passionate about, whilst also volunteering.
Chris joined Move the Masses as a volunteer in the summer when he was furloughed from his job. He initially helped with prescription deliveries and then went on to become a Move Mate, walking with a local woman who lived not far from him.
Chris said he liked seeing an evolving charity, trying new things to improve community wellbeing. Being furloughed saw him have much more spare time than he was used to, so when he saw a request for Walk Leader training for the then new Acomb Ambles walking project, he jumped at the chance.
Having always worked with young people in the community, he loves being involved in community projects and meeting people. So now, following his training, he leads a leisurely walk through Acomb on a monthly basis.
“I really like what Move the Masses do. I think it is a great philosophy and a great set up.“
Chris reckons the people that come do it for their mental wellbeing as much as the physical aspect. People are pleased to get out and meet other people. Some are becoming regulars, others do it as a one off and then from the experience gain some confidence and choose to do it again themselves.
One woman had lived near Fishponds Woods for years, but had never been in. Going on the Acomb Amble brought her confidence and now she walks through her local woods on her own.
So the social and the discovery aspect of the walks seem to appeal to everyone, but the feel-good feeling from walking, and the fresh air, is also a big plus.
“I, myself, have lived in Acomb for 20 years and I had never been to Bachelor Hill. And it is amazing up there. What a view!“
If you’re interested in joining one of our Acomb Ambles, you can sign up to attend a group walk in the Events section.
For more information on Acomb Ambles and to view or download the maps, head to this page.
“I love the fact that at no expense to the public and without them needing to regularly commit, people can meet up for a safe, leisurely wander around their local area with other people and experience the joy from such a simple act.“