Across Greater Manchester, there is a clear recognition of the importance of walking to population scale change in physical activity and there is widespread understanding of the critical role of walking - for leisure, for travel and for everyday activity.
Rochdale is fortunate to have many areas of natural beauty across the borough, and walking is an ideal way to explore these greenspaces. There are many friendly, sociable group walks taking place each week that help the people of Rochdale to connect with others, discover the local parks, woods and moorland and support good health and positive wellbeing.
Designed in response to COVID-19, to promote creative exploration and wellbeing whilst in lockdown or isolation. Cartwheel Arts recognised the need to still support the communities they work with and have adapted their original project idea to support individuals and their families during lockdown.
GM Walking has given grants to nearly 90 local voluntary and community groups with the aim of getting Greater Manchester walking. They offered the grants to support a huge range of activities that encourage people who are usually less active to start or to increase the amount they regularly walk. Almost half of the successful applications were from organisations based in the most deprived 20% of the region.
They gave a total of £15,376 to nine organisations across Rochdale, including to: