Council celebrates Health Walk volunteers

10/06/2019, PR-9074

Wakefield Council celebrated our Health Walk volunteers
Wakefield Council celebrated our Health Walk volunteers

​Wakefield Council recently celebrated the efforts of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to deliver a programme of Health Walks over the last 20 years.

The event took place on Wednesday (5 June) at Kings Croft Hotel in Pontefract and volunteers past and present were joined by Dr William Bird, founder of the National Health Walks programme and television personality Andrew White, from BBC's Walks Around Britain.

The Active Wakefield Health Walks began in 1999 as a joint initiative between the NHS and Wakefield Council to encourage the most inactive residents, many suffering with chronic health conditions and social isolation, to increase their activity for the benefit of their health and wellbeing.

Since then the scheme has grown to currently include 175 active Walk Leaders delivering 26 Health Walks, 10 Nordic Walks and two Buggy Walks to over 1,000 residents on a weekly basis.

Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "Wakefield Council couldn't run our Health Walks scheme without our valued volunteers and it is wonderful to be able to show our pride and gratitude towards the people who have helped to transform the lives of many residents across our district."

The Active Wakefield Health Walks scheme is affiliated to the national health walks programme which is coordinated by the Ramblers.

The celebration will form a key part of the Wakefield Year of Walking, a year-long programme of events and activities intended to improve health by promoting increased participation in walking throughout the Wakefield district.

There are all kinds of walking activities aimed at all ages and abilities taking place throughout the Year of Walking, arranged by the Council and many other organisations. To find out more visit