Live Life Aberdeenshire accelerates walking opportunities

Live Life Aberdeenshire has trained its leisure staff to deliver Health Walks from the doorsteps of sports centres in a bid to adapt to Covid-19 restrictions and boost local walking programmes.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 12:00 am
The scheme aims to help people improve their lives.

Live Life Aberdeenshire teamed up with Paths for All to give staff the opportunity to take part in Walk Leader and Strength and Balance training in June last year.

The training has given staff the skills and opportunity to lead Health Walks from leisure centres at a time when many facilities had restricted services and some staff faced redeployment.

Claire Wright is the Health & Wellbeing Officer with Live Life Aberdeenshire.

Live Life Aberdeenshire has been training its leisure staff to deliver Health Walks from the doorsteps of sports centres

She said: “It was always on the radar that we wished to provide health walks from our facilities to encourage those who would not normally attend activities in our facilities to get involved. When we went into lockdown there was a sudden surge in interest in outdoor activities and with this, we saw an opportunity.

Claire Turnbull, Aberdeenshire Health Walks Coordinator with Live Life Aberdeenshire, added: “The development for us was about upskilling staff, creating new opportunities, developing the existing health walk programme and adapting to the changes brought on by the pandemic.

"It was planned to help meet the targets and outcomes of Live Life Aberdeenshire’s strategy for physical activity and partnership working with the Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership.”

Live Life Aberdeenshire has been working closely with the Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership to develop ‘Live Life Well Aberdeenshire’ - a referral scheme offering information, activities and programmes to help people improve their lives.

The scheme can help those who are:

inactive living with a long-term condition recovering from illness or injury those wishing to improve their health and wellbeing

Anyone looking for support to improve their health and wellbeing can access Live Life Well Aberdeenshire via self-referral or referral by a healthcare professional.