By Gill Stewart at
Active Wakefield is coordinated by Wakefield Council (Health Improvement department funded by Public Health). Their initial walking scheme started in 1999 for Health Walks and they introduced Nordic Walking in spring 2011 over 4 locations with support from NWUK who provided the community package which included cascade leader training and other tools such as a website.
Now they offer 9 daytime Nordic walks and 1 evening walk – 6 of these walks are delivered by Volunteer Walk Leaders. They currently have an average of 200 individual walkers who attend their Nordic walk sessions over the 10 locations over the 5 week days.
The sessions are all free of charge and poles are provided too. They are displayed on the Exercise Anywhere portal but booking systems are managed in house due to internal complications.
There are 2 qualified staff (Jane Jukes & Jon Ainsworth) and currently 26 active Volunteer Community Walk Leaders.
Here is a quote from one of their Leaders…………………..