Number of dementia friendly walks increases

Walk It walks

Published: Tuesday, 26th February 2019

The number of dementia friendly walks being delivered by the Scottish Borders Walking for Health project, Walk It has increased with over 30 walks now available across the area.

Walk It walks

The project, jointly delivered by ourselves and NHS Borders, has grown gradually over the years and is now offering additional dementia friendly accredited walks in:

  • Coldstream
  • Darnick
  • Galashiels Tweedbank
  • Galashiels Focus Centre
  • Melrose
  • Newstead

Walk It walks are accessible to all, social, safe, led by a qualified walk leader and are free.

The routes take into account the particular needs of people with dementia including:

  • the practicalities of making the walks dementia friendly
  • assessing their suitability
  • undertaking risk assessments
  • providing support for the leaders in the most effective ways to engage and communicate with people living with dementia

More information is available:

Councillor Tom Weatherston,  Executive Member for Adult Social Care

“It is encouraging to see even more of these increasingly popular walks available in a wider range of communities. They have all been carefully developed to provide an accessible way for people with dementia to take exercise and their ongoing success is testament to way in which people are finding them both enjoyable and beneficial. I hope that as many people as possible will take up the opportunity to not only experience the walks available in their own local communities, but to also venture further afield and explore some new and different scenery.”

Peter Lerpiniere, Associate Director of Nursing for Mental Health, Learning Disability & Older People

“We are lucky in the Borders to have such beautiful countryside right on our doorstep. These walks are a great resource for encouraging people with dementia and their loved ones to enjoy spending time together while benefiting from physical activity.”

Further Information

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