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Active Black Country

Active Partnership

A small committed Active Partnership (one of 43 across the England), operating as the strategic lead for Sport and Physical Activity across the Black Country region. Working collaboratively with a range of local partners to inspire and enable people of all ages and abilities to lead an active lifestyle, they support a diverse range of opportunities for individuals that are both inclusive and attainable. To find an activity near you visit the Active Black County homepage and select Get Active to search for a sports club or activity to find places to participate in sport and physical activity.

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Thrive

A gardening for health charity, providing social and therapeutic horticulture (STH) programmes to a wide range of people with varying needs. STH is the process of using plants and gardens to improve physical and mental health as well as communication and thinking skills. They facilitate therapeutic programmes at regional centres in Birmingham, Reading and London and also provide gardening advice for people with disabilities or long-term health conditions to carry on gardening. Additionally, they provide training courses to professionals, career changers and people wanting to understand and work on their own wellbeing. *Due to COVID 19 the physical locations have been closed until further notice*

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Stratford-on-Avon District Health Walks

Walking for Health

The Stratford-on-Avon District Health Walks scheme offers a range of walks that take place in Bidford, Shipston, Wellesbourne, Southam, Shottery and Stratford-upon-Avon. Led by trained volunteer walk leaders, walks vary in duration lasting from 30 to 90 minutes and are all free to attend. Walking is a great way to stay physically active, especially for those who haven’t exercised in a long time and for the elderly. It’s also a great way to meet new people and stay sociable. To view the programme of walks or for more information, please visit the website provided or contact the Active Communities Officer listed.

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Birmingham

DRC Wellbeing Walks

Walking for Health

Organise a weekly ‘Wellbeing Walk’ in the heart of Saltley, an inner city suburb of Birmingham, offering the perfect opportunity to get active out in the fresh air and to meet new people. All walks are accompanied by a trained walked leader to ensure you have an enjoyable and pleasant experience.

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Dudley

Dudley Walking Programme

Walking for Health

Delivering a range of organised walks across the borough, The Dudley Let’s Get Walking programme includes weekly short walks, one-off longer walks, tours that take in local history and visitor attractions, rambles and ambles for parents and children as well routes that are accessible for wheelchair users, pushchairs and buggies. All walks are free of charge, open to everyone and can be completed at one’s own pace without the worry of being left behind. With no pre booking required, simply turn up on the day approximately 10 minutes before the walks starts wearing a comfy pair of shoes and appropriate clothing suitable to weather conditions. A full timetable of walks can be viewed online or direct contact can be made with the Senior Park Activator for further details and/or specific concerns.

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Sandwell

Sandwell Stride

Led by the Council’s Public Health Development team, Sandwell Stride offers free weekly walks with planned routes making the most of local green spaces, parks, canals and neighbourhoods across Sandwell. Wherever you are in Sandwell, there is a walk near you! Walking is one of the best exercises to improve and maintain health, is a great way to meet new people, make friends as well as have lots of fun! Simply turn up on the day in a comfortable pair of shoes, clothing appropriate for the weather conditions and you’re ready to start walking. We look forward to meeting you on a walk!

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Sandwell

Age UK Sandwell

An independent local charity working in the community for over 30 years to support older people in later life. With the help of dedicated staff and volunteers, an array of services, ongoing social activities and events are successfully delivered in Sandwell. These include, weekly, reasonably priced and easily accessible gentle exercise classes offering older people the opportunity to not only keep fit, but to socialise and make new friends. To find out more visit the Age UK Sandwell homepage and select Activities and Events and/or Our Services for further details.

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Solihull

Age UK Solihull

A local, not-for-profit organisation working to support the lives of older people throughout the borough of Solihull and who’s vision is of a world where older people flourish. They provide a wide range of services, ongoing social activities and events to help older people remain independent, connected with the community, healthy and active. One of these is the Postural Stability Exercise Instruction classes, for people aged 65 and over who have a history of falling. To find out more visit the Age UK Solihull homepage and select Activities and Events and/or Our Services for further details.

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Solihull

Solihull Active

Solihull Active aim to help more people get more active, more often. Part of the Public Health Directorate at Solihull Council, their dedicated team supports everyone taking part in sport and physical activity across the Solihull borough, encouraging all to stay active and lead healthier lifestyles. For more information and to find an activity that suits you (there are also opportunities available for children and young people as well as older people and people with disabilities) please visit their website. An exercise referral scheme is also available for Solihull residents.

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Solihull

Solihull Striders & Strollers

Walking for Health

Want to enjoy your local area, meet new people and improve your health? Then come along to one of the Solihull Active walking groups! With 13 regular walks to choose from, offering a range of picturesque routes to appreciate as well as explore the local areas, environment and wildlife, all are led by friendly, fully trained volunteer walk leaders. Routes are mostly flat, even and accessible to all regardless of physical ability. The walks generally last around an hour, but some offer a 30 minute shorter alternative. At the end of the walk, there is always an opportunity to buy a cup of tea or coffee and chat to fellow walkers.

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Walsall

Walsall Walk On

A programme of walking routes within parks and across the local borough countryside, Walsall Walk On offers a range of walks lasting from 30 minutes to 2.5 hours. All walks are delivered by a qualified walk leader and back marker to ensure all age, abilities and fitness levels are able to join in. All walks are free to attend and with no booking required, simply turn up and enjoy.

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Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton Walking for Health

Walking for Health

Free, community led walks especially suited for people who are currently inactive or do very little physical activity but who want to get healthier, fitter and make new friends. Walks are friendly, welcoming and are always led by a Volunteer Walk Leader providing encouragement and support along the way. There’s no need to book, simply turn up (with a comfortable pair of shoes) on the day to join in. For more information on walks, including meeting places and times, please visit the website or contact the Volunteer Scheme Coordinator directly for further details and/or specific concerns.

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