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Walks for All comes to Trafford

Friday 21 April 2017

Walks for All is an exciting, new opportunity being run by Trafford Centre for Independent Living. Funded by Awards for All, the project will map the accessibility of a number of local walking routes, so that disabled people and those with a health condition can enjoy the outdoors, safe in the knowledge that their route will inform them of accessibility needs.

The initial idea for the Walks for All project was sparked by conversations with our members who wanted to improve fitness and wellbeing. Despite the number of established walking groups across the Trafford area, our members felt more comfortable attending the monthly health walks we were running, as they felt secure in the knowledge that the walks would suit their health needs. Their peers would understand if they needed to rest, or required the route to be wheelchair accessible. Our Walks for All maps will include important information such as the length of the walk, the location of benches and resting areas, as well as the location of toilets (including accessible bathrooms), cafes and other relevant information. Routes will also include information about accessible transport routes to the walking destinations too. These points have all stemmed from the requests of our members with regards to accessibility.

Our Walks for All project will see disabled people contribute in all aspects of this project – planning routes, identifying and recording accessibility, as well as contributing to the final design of the maps.

At the end of the project, we will have links available from our website and social media too, so that the accessible route information is available to all. Disabled people will be able to access the walks at a time and day that suits them, further promoting their independence and choice.

If you’d like to be involved, there are several ways you can take part:

  1. Share your ideas. Tell us where you like to walk so we can map the area and its accessibility.
  2. If you have a disability or health condition yourself, tell us what access needs are important to you.
  3. Come along on the walks and help us to map and photograph the route, using our equipment.
  4. Help us design the maps for our walking routes.
  5. Try out the walking routes for us.

You can find out more on the website www.traffordcil.co.uk or by contacting Jules on 0161 850 0645.

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