Big Society idea is making strides

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Winslow’s Big Society Group has organised a series of gentle walks in the Winslow area for people who are unable to walk far.

The walks will set off from the St Laurence Room at 10am on the first and third Wednesday of every month, starting on Wednesday, April 3.

They are designed specifically for people who are unable to walk far or fast – including parents and grandparents with buggies.

And there’s the option of a hot drink in the St Laurence Room at the end of the walk.

Seven walk leaders have already been trained under the Simply Walks banner, but more would be welcomed.

The Big Society Group was formed about 18 months ago, following a talk by Iain Duncan Smith at a meeting organised by Winslow Churches Together.

A group of volunteers from all elements of Winslow life came together to try and plug some of the gaps left by other agencies.

They have already given practical help to the local Citizens Advice Bureau by redesigning its publicity material.

The monthly Friendship Lunches at Jennie Wren’s tea room which they organise for people who feel isolated are proving so popular they are considering adding a second date every month.

Other projects in the pippeline include a Really Useful Guide To Winslow, containing a variety of local information, to be delivered to all households, and a scheme to get young people helping older members of the community.

To fid out more, call Christine Dodds on 01296 714226.