Meet Move Mate Vicky
Local teacher Vicky knows how important contact with people is for older people. It’s just one of the reasons she wanted to be a walking buddy with Move the Masses.
“I heard about Move the Masses from my friend Egg and other friends who were volunteering. I thought it was a fantastic idea and knew from my elderly Grandma how social contact is so important.”
“I personally find exercise a crucial part of my life and mental well-being so combining the two made perfect sense.
I am a teacher and fortunate that I work part time so was able to make a weekly commitment.
I was paired up with my buddy in October and we’ve met every week since. We spend an hour together and I measure the walk each time as we both like seeing the progress. We’ve gone from a short half hour walk to over a mile including feeding the ducks. We go out in all weathers.”
Vicky’s walking buddy says that walking with a Move mate always makes her feel better and she looks forward to it each week.
“Being a Move Mate is very rewarding and I know what a difference it can make to someone’s life. It has the double impact of reducing loneliness and increasing exercise.
I would recommend it to anyone thinking of doing it”