Gedling Borough Council look for volunteer walk leaders

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GEDLING Borough Council is looking for volunteer walk leaders who want to help in their communities after a woman who was diagnosed with chronic pain in her joints that made her unable to walk is now striding her way back to health thanks to a council walking scheme.

Wendy Wilson was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a condition that causes chronic pain in the tissue around the joints.

Wendy was referred to the council’s exercise scheme, Positive moves, after attending months of rehabilitation sessions at Nottingham City Hospital.

Wendy and her partner Roy Smith joined the scheme and began taking part in the weekly walks, and she soon saw her health improve so much so that she decided to help others and become a trained volunteer walk leader.

Wendy said: “It’s great feeling fit again and being out there. The best thing about being a walk leader is all the lovely people you meet; I get a real buzz from seeing people getting on and getting healthy.”

The council’s training event for volunteer walk leaders takes place at Brickyard Community Centre, Old Brickyard, on 13 February from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Lunch is provided. Anyone interested in attending can call 0115 901 3705 or email Patrick.meakin@gedling.gov.uk.

Coun Darrell Pulk, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Development said:

“Wendy has shown fantastic determination and courage to get herself back on her feet and back to health. The Positive Moves scheme was designed for people just like Wendy and she has shown that you can have fun and meet new people. We hope more people will follow in Wendy’s footsteps, so to speak, and attend our free training session on February 13 at the Brickyard Community Centre.”