On Tuesday, August 6, Megan Potts, our occupational therapist looking after Sport For Confidence programmes in Southend and Chelmsford, led a group of carers and people they care for on a walk through the nature reserve at Gunners and along the Shoeburyness to Southend Pier promenade.
The event, designed to encourage carers, a typically inactive group, to enjoy a brisk walk in the company of others, was organised in association with two local Ramblers groups, South East Essex and Basildon Greenway, and attracted a record-breaking 74 participants.
“We were incredibly pleased with the turnout,” explains Megan Potts. “The enthusiasm of all involved just goes to show that if the right environment and support is provided we can get people moving. This is the second Stepping Out event Sport For Confidence has been involved with, the first was in Basildon in May. Both events have been incredibly well attended and received.”
A number of local volunteer groups also supported the event, including; Southend Day Centre for Adults with Learning Difficulties; Forget Me Not, providing disability support in Rochford; Action for Family Carers in Essex; Basis, Blind And Sight Impaired Society and the Papworth Trust, Basildon Centre for Adults with Physical and/or Learning Difficulties.
Potts continues: “Working in collaboration with other community groups Sport For Confidence breaks down barriers to participation and provides education regarding the many social, mental and physical benefits associated with leading a more active lifestyle. This Stepping Out event is just one example of the work we ae delivering across Essex and London.”
Speaking about the event, Ama Owusu, a regular attendee at Sport For Confidence sessions at Basildon Sporting Village, says: “It was just wonderful meeting new people, walking along in the fresh air with nice views alongside like-minded people. We would definitely love to do it again.”