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Lifewalks is a walking for health scheme organised by Epping Forest District Council Community Services. Lifewalks is approved by local doctors and hospitals and the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (WECCG). Every week, Lifewalks offers a choice of group walks, led by specially trained staff. There are walks across the whole of the Epping Forest District.

1 February 2021
East of England
Clinical Commissioning Group, Communication, Health, Local Authorities, Voluntary
Local Alliances:
Epping Forest Dementia Action Alliance (EFDAA)

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We encourage every one to join our walks whatever their level of fitness. All our walks are graded so both those living with dementia and their carers can enjoy the fresh air and the social benefits of belonging to a walking with agroup. Walkers are supported by the walk leaders and the volunteers so they can continue to enjoy being mobile and active in a supportive environment.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Getting carers and those living with dementia to make that first step and come on a walk.

Transport walkers need to make their own way to the start point


2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends

    We are in the process of getting as many of our leaders and volunteers and walkers to attend Dementia Friend Session's, when they are available locally.

    Being implemented

    2021 - First Quarter Update

    On going most leaders have attended DF Sessions but a couple of new leaders still need to attend

  • Start a slower walk in conjunction with EFDAA

    Provide an alternative walk in the afternoon targetting those living with dementia and their partners and carers but not exclusavly so open to all. Early planning 

    Initial Scoping

    2021 - First Quarter Update

    Not currently available

  • Offering safe walks during the pandemic when possible & keeping in contact

    When we were able to continue Lifewalks, we completed a Covid Risk Assessment which meant implementing 'Hands, Face, Space' and making the walks a pre bookable service so you were unable to just turn up as before, walks had to be booked online or over the phone to cap numbers. 

    Whilst the walks have not been able to take place, regular contact with the group has been maintained via email. The walkers have been sharing photos of their daily exercise walks. 

  • Spread the word

    Visit local dementia cafe's and older peoples groups to inform them of the walking group and the support it provides to enable people to keep active. On going

    Being implemented

    2021 - First Quarter Update

    new member

    2021 - First Quarter Update

    On going

    2021 - First Quarter Update

    On going