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Gary's Story (get moving)

After being forced to leave fulltime employment due to suffering poor mental health, Gary, 57 decided to become a Volunteer Walk Leader for Durham County Councils Walk Durham programme. Gary said, 'Becoming a volunteer has motivated me to discover more about my local area, as I am not originally from Spennymoor. It also helped me meet other local people.'



The role of a volunteer walk leader has had a positive impact on his physical and mental wellbeing, and he said one of the best things about being a leader is 'the satisfaction of giving others a reason to turn up once a week'.

Alongside leading a short wellbeing walk every Monday morning from Spennymoor Youth and Community Centre, Gary has also found the motivation to undertake other outdoor activity training and is hoping to become a volunteer cycle leader in the near future.

'I would highly recommend both joining the walks and becoming a leader to anyone.'

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Our one to one appointment service could be just what you need if you are new to exercise and don't know where to start, or you are struggling to get back into exercise and want to know what will work best for you.  We can help you find a local walking group, arrange taster sessions and provide ongoing support to keep you going. You may also be eligible to access a free six month gym or swim membership. 

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