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.
Milltown to Mountains is a partnership between Uprojects, WiFi North West and BAME Connect. This group of Oldham women of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin started walking from scratch in their local urban parks. They built up their walking bit by bit, despite the challenges presented by lockdown, to the point where they were able to conquer Mount Snowdon.
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 £53,609 to five organisations across Oldham, including to: