Meet Move Mate Vicky

Local teacher Vicky knows how important contact with people is for older people. It's just one of the reasons she wanted to be a walking buddy with Move the Masses 

"I heard about Move the Masses through my friend Egg and other friends who were volunteering.

I thought it was a fantastic idea and knew from my elderly Grandma how social contact is so important.

I personally find exercise a crucial part of my life and mental well-being so combining the two made perfect sense.

I am a teacher and fortunate that I work part time so was able to make a weekly commitment.

I was paired up with my buddy in October and we’ve met every week since. We spend an hour together and I measure the walk each time as we both like seeing the progress. We’ve gone from a short half hour walk to over a mile including feeding the ducks. We go out in all weathers.

My buddy says it always makes her feel better and looks forward to it each week.

Being a move mate is very rewarding and I know what a difference it can make to someone’s life. It has the double impact of reducing loneliness and exercise.

I would recommend it to anyone thinking of doing it."

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