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.
In addition to our established Wellbeing Walks programme, Wigan Council are working hard to support people in Wigan to walk more every day. Wigan has many greenspaces that can be explored by walking to support good health and positive wellbeing. Working with communities we are also developing more crossing points across the borough as part of the Bee Network. This will help improve the urban walking experience, connect people in communities and encourage more people to choose to walk short, local journeys.
We support unpaid carers in the Wigan borough and wanted to encourage carers to get out and about with the person that they care for or to have a break from their caring role and meet others after a really difficult time during the pandemic.
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 £6,972 to six organisations across Wigan, including to: