Folks, communities and organizations in Dumfries and Galloway are inspired to take part within the 2023 Scottish Strolling Awards as nominations are open.
The biennial awards will showcase a variety of inspiring strolling tasks, from companies, municipalities and land managers to journalists, NHS workers and volunteers who encourage others to step up.
The organizers encourage candidates from all elements of Scotland and from all segments of society, together with tasks supporting folks utilizing wheelchairs and different mobility aids.
The winners of the ten classes, in addition to an total Champion of Champions, will likely be decided on the Nationwide Marching Month in Could 2023.
The awards are organized by Ramblers Scotland, Paths for All and Dwelling Streets Scotland.
Brendan Paddy, Ramblers Scotland director, mentioned: “The variety of folks strolling in Scotland is growing quickly and that is nice information for the well being and happiness of our nation. These awards present a well timed alternative to showcase communities, firms and tasks that pave the best way for extra folks to benefit from the pleasure of strolling.”
Kevin Lafferty, CEO of Paths for All, mentioned: “I encourage folks to take part within the Scottish Strolling Awards to acknowledge the good work being accomplished to make strolling and wheeling* in Scotland accessible to all. Collectively, we will showcase the transformative function that strolling performs in decreasing well being inequalities, reducing carbon emissions and enhancing the surroundings.”
Stuart Hay, director of Dwelling Streets Scotland, mentioned: “Within the two years because the first Scottish Strolling Awards, we’ve got seen many tasks evolving in communities to make sure everybody has the chance to stroll and expertise secure and pleasurable strolling environments. We wish to rejoice these tasks and the important function of strolling on each day journeys important to the well-being of people and communities.
“Encouraging strolling is especially essential in gentle of the stress and challenges posed by the price of dwelling disaster in society. We wish to rejoice all the good work happening throughout the nation in areas reminiscent of social housing, healthcare, neighborhood organisations, workplaces and native governments.”
Folks can enter themselves or one other organisation, enterprise or particular person they assume has accomplished nice work in selling strolling or wheelchair use* in Scotland previously two years.
Anybody can submit a 250-word nomination utilizing a easy on-line kind at pathsforall.org.uk/scottishwalkingawards Winners will likely be chosen by an skilled panel of judges in April, earlier than the deadline for Sunday, March nineteenth.
The general winner of the primary Scottish Strolling Awards in 2021 was Fife charity worker Magdalena Augustyn-Lygas. This counseled his work in serving to immigrants enhance their well being, social life and converse English via the Sole Sisters group walks venture.
For extra info and to submit a nomination: pathsforall.org.uk/scottishwalkingawards
*We use the time period ‘wheel drive’ to check with using wheelchairs or different mobility aids relatively than biking.
Ramblers Scotland: beta.ramblers.org.uk/scotland
Ramblers Scotland is acknowledged by sportscottland as the game’s governing physique and we’re a membership group and charity with a grassroots community of 54 native teams that run 3,500 group marches yearly, all led and arranged by 1,200 volunteers.
Roads for Everybody: www.pathsforall.org.uk/
Trails for All is the champion of each day strolling for a happier and more healthy Scotland.
Our imaginative and prescient is for a happier, more healthy Scotland, the place bodily exercise improves high quality of life and well-being for all.
Dwelling Streets Scotland: https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/
Dwelling Streets Scotland is a part of the UK each day strolling charity. We wish to create a nation the place strolling is a pure alternative for each day, native journeys; free from congested roads and air pollution, decreasing the danger of preventable illness and social isolation. We wish to obtain a greater strolling surroundings and encourage folks of all generations to take pleasure in the advantages of easy strolling.
The Scottish Strolling Awards classes are carefully aligned with the Nationwide Strolling Technique, which was one of many first of its sort on the earth when it was launched in 2014. The Nationwide March Technique is that everybody:
The advantages of strolling as a part of their each day journey
Enjoys strolling outdoor and
· well-designed locations that encourage strolling.
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