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Queen Oaks Court walking group

The people we support at Queen Oaks Court, our purpose-built supported living service in Stoke-on-Trent, recently started up their own walking group to help them stay active.

We spoke to Hayley Brindley, service manager at Queen Oaks Court, to find out more.

Why was the group started?

“We love to just get outdoors, exercise and enjoy each other’s company.

“Everyone at Queen Oaks Court is always welcome to join the group. Sometimes not everyone is able to come and we fully support their choice. The group is growing and typically there are five people we support that regularly join in. 

“The group goes out monthly, but in the summer we try and go every other week, weather permitting. Even though we sometimes have to postpone due to the weather, we do try and be prepared and take an umbrella!”

Where do people enjoy walking?

“Most recently the group went to Colebrook Shire Horses Centre. This is in conjunction with the Woodland Trust. Colebrook has over 30 Shire horses and is set in over 50 acres in the Cheshire Countryside.

“Three of the people we support went and walked around the beautiful countryside. They also found some wooden carved Shire horses to sit down and rest on.

“Then in early June we went to watch the ‘Potters Arf’. It’s traditionally a half marathon, but there are shorter routes too, so we decided to spectate and walk it instead.

“We also go walking in the local areas, woods, canals and also Trentham gardens is a great place and also beautiful countryside walking around the gardens.”

What is the most rewarding aspect of the group for you?

“I love seeing the friendships forming between the people we support and see everyone coming together. Not only is it good for your health but also great for your mental wellbeing.”

Thanks for sharing this wonderful initiative with us Hayley!

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