Salford’s workforce came together on 19th August clocking up an impressive 417 miles collectively as part of a Workforce Walking Challenge along the newly-established Salford Trail.
Workers ‘practiced what they preach’ embracing some healthy activity while raising awareness of the fantastic green space and walking routes Salford has to offer.
Manchester and Salford Ramblers took the lead of more than 80 workers from the NHS, Salford Council, Salford’s Fire Service and the voluntary sector who came together with the community to ‘walk and talk’, learning more about Salford’s green space and heritage, including Port Salford Greenway and Pocket Park, Barton Bridge.
Prof David Yates, Salford Rambler and former A&E Consultant said: “The message is clear, walking has the potential to improve not just our physical, but our mental health and wellbeing. It connects communities and gets people moving. Salford’s Trail is over 50 miles long and offers a far nicer alternative to get from A to B than driving! We see this challenge as a starting point for staff to think about how they build walking into their everyday lives and lead by example.”
Feedback was overwhelmingly positive with many people saying they enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people, discover new places in Salford and be outside in the fresh air.
We have had lots of requests to provide more walks for the workforce in Salford and as a result of this are establishing a group of ‘walking champions’ across Salford. Please contact Amanda Rafferty, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.