Ben* has been enjoying getting out of the house for company and exercise, he's had some tough times and the weekly walks are helping.
Jane has been walking with Ben for a few weeks and has been exploring different local green spaces with him.
Ben was referred to Move Mates through a social prescriber at Linking Leeds. Ben has had a difficult time. He had previously experienced addiction and had been thrown out of home because of this, he also had to cope with the loss of close family members, who he had lived with. He felt socially isolated and not motivated to get out of the house, despite it being important to him. Ben feels much more comfortable in one to one situations rather than groups and he really appreciates this part of walking with his Move Mate volunteer.
*Name changed for confidentiality
“I just find it hard to motivate myself to get out for a walk on my own, I feel I can go home today knowing I feel better than I did before I went out.“
“I feel good now I have been out, looking forward to going home to chill and I have already thought of where to go next time.“