Charity scheme to get elderly Redbridge residents walking bags £85,000 grant

PUBLISHED: 15:11 13 December 2016

Living Streets have received an �85,000 grant for a two-year plan to get more elderly people in Redbridge walking. Photo credit: Lucy Pope

Living Streets have received an �85,000 grant for a two-year plan to get more elderly people in Redbridge walking. Photo credit: Lucy Pope

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A charitable scheme to get more elderly residents walking in Redbridge has received a grant of more than £85,000.

National charity Living Streets received £85,900 from the City Bridge Trust as part of a two year plan to improve the lives of older people across the borough.

The project will involve community based initiatives to help older people feel physically fitter, healthier and more sociable.

Julia Crear, regional director of Living Streets’ southern branch, said: “Redbridge is the 11th most inactive borough in London, and faces a need to create opportunities for its ageing population to connect with their community.

“There’s no magic solution to these health or social isolation problems – but walking is a step in the right direction

““Walking is an easy and accessible way for people to fit more activity into their day, improving their mental and physical health and allowing them to engage with their local community.

“However, the environment in London often prevents older people from being active.”

The £85,000 of funding will go towards addressing issues preventing older Londoners from walking using community street audits to uncover barriers to walking and work within existing community infrastructure to increase physical activity.

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