Falkirk Community Trust’s Step Forth volunteer walk leaders received a welcome boost recently thanks to a £500 grant from Scotmid Community Grants. The volunteers (who give their own time to undergo a training programme) encourage local people to become more active. Their new jackets will not only protect them from the Scottish weather but will make them easily recognisable too!
Paul Finnie, Sport and Recreation Manager at Falkirk Community Trust said “We are delighted Scotmid have given us this grant to help us provide suitable outerwear for our walk leaders. This programme relies on the volunteers so it’s great to be able to fund the equipment which will help them deliver this service to the community”.
Yvonne Goodfellow, Member and Community Officer for the West of Scotland said ““As a co-operative, Scotmid is dedicated to being at the heart of our communities and to help groups to tackle issues that are important to them. For us, promoting healthy lifestyles is a top priority and we are delighted to be able to support the volunteers and the Step Forth project”
Step Forth is a local walking for health project developed in partnership with Paths For All and aims to get more people, more active in their own communities – combining exercise with a chance to blether!. All walks are free of charge and take place across the Falkirk Council area. The walks are hugely popular and now include a Buggy Group and Nordic Walking.
Scotmid donates around a quarter of a million pounds to local causes through its community grant scheme each year. Applications are encouraged for projects that support children and education, active lifestyles, the environment, health promotion, the elderly, homelessness, Fairtrade, arts and culture, and charity.
If you'd like to find out more about Falkirk Community Trust’s Step Forth walks, or how to become a volunteer walk leader, check out the FCT website www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org or call 01324 504556.
Friday, 13th November 2015