Erddig Nordic Walkers helping to promote fitness and wellbeing in Wrexham

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Published: Friday March 22, 2024

A Wrexham-based community group promotes fitness and wellbeing through accessible exercise for all age groups and abilities.

Run by dedicated volunteers, Erddig Nordic Walkers (ENW) has been growing, with over 180 registered members.

Nordic walking is a form of exercise where people use specially designed poles to enhance their natural walking experience, ensuring full body exercise.

This unique technique allows people with different skills and abilities to exercise safely.

ENW run a quarterly program of events including three regular walks a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at various locations in the Wrexham, Chirk and Llangollen areas.

The program is complemented by Away Days for longer walks including the Mawddach Trail, Powis Castle and Llyn Brenig.

Each walk is followed by an informal social gathering that provides a great opportunity to develop and nurture friendships.

Without registration fees and free training, the group only has a voluntary contribution per walk.

The group received a grant to grow their activities from Your Community, Your Choice, which helps support grassroots projects across North Wales and is supported by the North Wales Police and Community Trust ( PACT), the North Wales Police and Crime Commission, and North Wales Police.

Funding for Your Community, Your Choice comes partly from money seized by the courts through the Proceeds of Crime Act, and the rest comes from the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The High Sheriff of Clwyd Kate Hill-Trevor and North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Andy Dunbobbin recently visited ENW to see how the funding was helping to drive the group’s work forward.

The High Sheriff, PCC and local PCSO Alison Heron from North Wales Police met the group at their base on the National Trusts Erddig Estate and joined members to start their walk before heading to the estate cafe for further discussions on Nordic walking and plans. of the group

We were delighted to welcome the High Sheriff and PCC to our group walk and introduce them to the joys of Nordic walking,” said Gareth Lloyd, Chief Executive of Erddig Nordic Walkers.

“Erddig Nordic Walkers promotes the physical benefits of Nordic walking: exercise, fitness, health and well-being.

“However, we provide a sense of belonging and friendship while tackling the effects of social isolation, loneliness and the benefits of this on mental health.

“The grant will purchase shelving for our storage bin, a trolley for transport equipment and contribute to our transport costs for daily activities.

“All proceeds received are used to fund our events program and benefit all members.

Kate Hill-Trevor, High Sheriff of Clwyd, said: I loved meeting the Erddig Nordic Walkers and learning more about their activities.

“With growing evidence of the benefits of spending time outdoors surrounded by nature and the very small and affordable donation required to participate, the group is delivering huge, sustainable benefits for physical and mental health , social cohesion and well-being. Why not give it a try?”

Andy Dunbobbin, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales, said: It was a pleasure to join Erddig Nordic Walkers during one of the group’s regular meetings.

“My plan to tackle crime in North Wales is focused on delivering safer neighborhoods and supporting communities, which the Erddig Nordic Walkers do week after week by bringing together older members of society, helping to promote company and reduce social isolation.

PACT Chair Ashley Rogers commented: Your Community Your Choice is about helping groups across the region access vital funding to enable them to do their work and I’m delighted to have been able to support Erddig Nordic Walkers.

“Their emphasis on getting outdoors, meeting friends and exercising is an example for us to follow and a positive demonstration of how funding from criminals can be put to good use in society.

North Wales Police Assistant Chief Constable Chris Allsop said: North Wales Police is pleased that the Nordic walkers in Erddig have been able to benefit from the money seized from criminals.

“Organisations like this do excellent work in our communities to support different groups of people and their role is appreciated by both neighborhood policing teams and North Wales Police leadership.

“We recognize the valuable role they play in engaging with the community to help keep it safe.

In the eleven years since Your Community, Your Choice began, almost £600,000 has been awarded to nearly 200 projects working to reduce crime in their neighborhoods and also to support the priorities of the Commissioners’ Crime and Policing Plan of Police and Crime.

For more information about PACT visit: www.pactnorthwales.co.uk. For more information on Erddig Nordic Walkers and how to join visit: www.erddignordicwalkers.co.uk

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