CARERS and the people they care for are being encouraged to join a walking group launching in the New Year.
Reading Council's Healthy Walks Programme is hosting a series of gentle weekly walks around Palmer Park beginning in January 2016.
The first walk will be held on, starting from the Chalkboard Café in the centre of Palmer Park, at .
The walk will be at a gentle pace, last about 40 minutes and will be led by two trained walk leaders.
People can relax and socialise afterwards with a cup of tea or other refreshments at the café.
Apart from the refreshments, the walk is free, and although this group is primarily aimed at carers (paid or unpaid) and the friends, relatives or clients they care for, it is open to all.
This group is part of a wider series of walks organised by the council aimed at getting more people in Reading active. Walking has a huge number of health benefits, including maintaining a healthy weight, lowering the risk of disease and general stress release by offering a break from spending a lot of time indoors.
Walks take place at several locations around the borough, including South Whitley Park, the River Thames footpath and Prospect Park. People can view more information atwww.walkingforhealth.org.uk/