Move Mates Stories: Nigel and Libby

Over the last year Nigel has walked on a weekly basis with a Move Mate

Nigel spotted Move Mates online and after reading the website got in touch as he thought we might be able to help.

In October 2022 Nigel came across the Move Mates website. At this point he was spending most of his time alone at home and was feeling quite anxious. He hoped having a Move Mate would help with him to become more confident in going outside.

He has had two Move Mates and has been walking with Libby since January this year. On their walks together they often explore different parts of York City Centre. One of the highlights has included a Ghost Walk together, they were able to switch their usual walk time so they could do this. They joined the Ghost Walk from the Shambles and had an enjoyable time following their guide, walking round the city centre hearing ghost stories. Town was quiet and beautiful, the stars were out and they also managed to see the light show at York Minster.

Nigel and Libby often spot new things on their walks and occasionally fit in a coffee stop too. They have visited the New Minster Refectory (but just for coffee not caviar or oysters!), spotted herons and swans, as well as graffiti art. Nigel even gave Libby a quick nature lesson on the anatomy and eyesight of flies when they spotted one whilst out on a walk together!

Nigel feels his confidence has really grown and he gets out a couple of times a week now. Walks with his Move Mate are his ‘best time of the week’, and he really enjoys both the walks and the company. His advice to anyone feeling lonely or stuck at home is to ‘definitely get a Move Mate’! 

” Having a Move Mate is the best thing that happened to me.

Nigel, participant

The Minster Refectory, York
The Minster Refectory, a stop off for coffee when it had newly opened.
A heron under the willow tress at the River Foss
Spotting a heron under the willow tress at the River Foss

 “Both Project Manager and volunteer roles are special as we are honoured to get to speak and meet with so many incredible people, from beneficiaries and their families to volunteers, health care professionals and people from other charities – all doing amazing work. As a volunteer I enjoy having the chance to step away from the desk every week and, in doing so, help enable the people I walk with to enjoy being outdoors. It’s a win-win situation!”

Libby, Move Mate and Project Manager

As employees at Move the Masses we are lucky to be given time to volunteer and it feels like a real perk of the job. Employer supported volunteering is a great way for organisations to give employees a way to give something back to the community in an engaged and meaningful manner. We have opportunities for volunteering with us available through both Aviva and boxxe. Why not ask your organisation if they would be interested? Volunteering has many benefits, as well as giving an opportunity to get up and get moving as Libby describes, it can also support employees wellbeing, build connections with the community and increase happiness levels!

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