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Jenny joined walking netball after being encouraged from a friend already participating. She was concerned that she'd never played the traditional game the rules were easy to pick up and lots of the participants either hadn't played since school or never experienced netball before. I attended my first session just over a year ago and kept attending since.

The obvious benefits of the session are to get exercise and get fitter, but there is a really strong social side to the group. We always meet for coffee after the session and now have a texting group so we can keep in touch with each other during the week. We have formed a little walking netball family! There is a good bond between all the group and have great friendships.

Wednesday afternoons are now sacrosanct, nothing comes between me and my walking netball! I'm 72 years old but I rarely miss a session and make sure my plans fit around it.

I would most definitely encourage all people to come and try out walking netball, the sessions are so enjoyable and there is a lovely vibe.

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Linda has medically diagnosed conditions that affect her spine, particularly her lower body though it affects her whole body, she uses an electric wheelchair as an aide to her mobility, which also reduces the pain. Swimming gives her a sense of normality & freedom unachievable on dry land. It benefits her physical, emotional and mental well-being and it gives her accomplishment and achievement. For Linda, swimming is her sanctuary, one of her coping mechanisms, her enjoyment and helps her feel physically toned and fit.

Linda was the first person to complete our Swim Challenge which was to swim the length of the River Thames in one of our swimming pools - a total of 13,840 lengths - and she then went and swam it a second time before the end of June! 

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Get Wiltshire Walking - Viv

I have walked with the Cricklade Get Wiltshire Walking  group for over 6 years and know the community spirit and help it  provides  in times of need. Recently I found out, first hand, just how important that support can be.

Eight weeks ago, following an insect bite, I developed cellulitis in my foot and leg.  I was unable to drive and I had extreme difficulty walking.  As a widow with my family a 100+ miles away in different directions, I would have really struggled without the help and support of my friends in the walking group.

I had so many offers of help: transport, shopping, plus home visits (with flowers and magazines) and ‘phone chats to help with my morale. Then there were trips out for coffee and short walks, once I was more mobile.  I also received messages of support from other GWW walk groups, friends made during challenge walks; not forgetting regular contact by the walk co-ordinators.

It's scary to realise how quickly life can change: I went from very active and enjoying the benefits of long walks, to being housebound. 

I am now on the mend, still limping but able to join with the starter walk followed by coffee and a chat with all the walkers at the United Church coffee morning.  Plus, I now have the confidence to make short daily solo walks. I have no doubt that without the support of my local walking group life would have been very different and my recovery would have been affected.

Importantly, my family could rest easy in the knowledge that I was being well supported.

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Further case studies

For more case studies from our GP referral programme, Active Health, and full information about how this works and what is available, please visit our gp referral webpage.

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Last updated: 28 August 2019 | Last reviewed: 28 August 2019