Pilton Community Health Project walking volunteers have received an award from the Scottish charity Paths for All. The award for ‘Health Walk Volunteer group of the Year’ was presented at the charity’s annual celebration ceremony ‘Celebrating Scotland’s Walking Champions’ on Tuesday 4th Nov at the Scottish Parliament by MSP Shona Robison Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equality and Pensioners Rights. The ceremony, chaired by broadcaster Mark Stephen, recognises the achievements of volunteers from across the country and their contribution to making Scotland more active.
The Cabinet Secretary was delighted to meet so many enthusiastic volunteers. She said: “The success of Paths for All is based on many factors but without doubt one of the most important is the volunteers that have shown extraordinary commitment and enthusiasm in supporting others in their quest to get moving and feeling better about themselves.
We all know that walking reduces the risk of many diseases including cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Volunteers who are encouraging more people to walk are improving the health of people in Scotland.
I am delighted to have had the chance to say thank you and well done to all the people involved with Paths for All and for making it the model of success it is.”
The Pilton Community Health Project walking volunteers have won the award for their dedication and team spirit; this has been key to the success and expansion of the walking programme. The team consists of eleven highly motivated volunteers who are all passionate about walking and how it can address health inequalities. Without them, the project wouldn’t be able to offer an increasingly wide range of opportunities for local people. Together they effectively manage the walking groups and help others take steps toward improving their health and wellbeing.
PCHP runs regular walking groups on a Monday and Friday from the health project and a walk jog group on Wednesday evenings from Spartans Club. Anyone wishing to get fitter, explore North Edinburgh or lose weight can get in touch with the project about joining the groups.