27th November 2019

Best foot forward as community comes together for a Big Stroll

The group enjoyed a two-mile wheelchair-accessible amble around the leafy lanes of Mousehold Heath on Friday, November 22.

The community walk was organised by Lexy Goode from non-profit health and wellbeing organisation The Goode Life.

She said: “We saw The Big Stroll advertised on Facebook and thought it would be great to join in. The idea is not only to keep people active but to bring people together who might not always meet on an everyday basis.”

Walking group regular Joan Houghton, 78, enjoys the social aspect of walking as well as how it helps to keep her sprightly.

She said: “It’s been a brilliant walk through the woods at a nice speed and I enjoyed meeting new people. More people should get outside and get active – they don’t know what they’re missing!”

Several members of the Phab Club, a social club for people with physical or learning disabilities, came along for the walk.

Phab Club volunteer Martin Fuller said: “If people have a disability they still want to be active and take part in things like physical activities. We like to get involved in community events and this is a brilliant way for our members, some of whom live in care homes or find it difficult to get out and about, to meet other people.”

After the walk the group enjoyed a chat over vegan cakes and hot drinks at Plumstead Road library.

Lexy said: “We’re thrilled with the number of people who came along, from all parts of the community, and we hope we might be able to organise regular walks in the future.

“Norwich has lots of places to walk so hopefully this event will encourage people to keep active, whether they’re young or old.”

The Big Stroll scheme is backed by Pushing Ahead, the Department for Transport funded project that supports people living in the Greater Norwich and Great Yarmouth areas to walk and cycle more.

You can apply by the end of November for funding to organise your own Big Stroll – click here to find out more.

Watch a video about Norwich’s Big Stroll with The Goode Life and Phab Club