Together in Grief - Bereavement Walks

Posted 28th May 2021

We are proud to announce a new “walking for mental health” initiative being piloted by Fitmums and Friends, with a particular focus on people who are bereaved.

Fitmums and Friends strive to offer a lot more than physical fitness. We provide many weekly sessions across the county, which include running, fitness walking, buggy fit sessions and athletics coaching. But we don’t stop at physical wellbeing. We are a very supportive and nurturing club and we do everything we can to look after our members’ mental health as well.

The benefits of exercise

We know that exercise and fresh air can help hugely to support mental health, and can be a particular help at times of bereavement. Many bereaved people also find support in being with others in a similar position; to know that they are not the only one experiencing particular thoughts and feelings can be an incredible help. The benefits of walking and talking for mental health during times of bereavement are well documented. The aim of our bereavement walks is to provide a safe and nurturing session for participants to experience the benefits that walking can provide, alongside other people in a similar position. We hope that, as happens at our other fitness sessions, friendships will be formed and that it will be a positive, healing experience for both body and mind.

How will it work?

The weekly walks will all begin at Dove House Hospice, where parking will be available, and head to East Park. There will be a maximum of 24 people on the walks, but we may split into smaller groups to accommodate all levels of fitness. We will walk back to Dove House, where tea and coffee will be served.

The walks will be led by qualified walk leaders. Our leaders are not trained counsellors but will facilitate the sessions in which members can talk to each other and the leaders as much or as little as they like. However a member of the Dove House team will be available before and after sessions to chat and support anyone who needs it.

How long is the programme?

The walk will operate as a 10-week pilot programme. Free membership to Fitmums and Friends will be offered to participants so they can continue to benefit from supported activity sessions in their local community beyond the life of this bereavement pilot course. Towards the end of the programme we will support transition to their local Fitmums and Friends club if this is needed. Additional support will be available to support this transition through our In the Pink programme for anyone who needs that extra hand-hold to make the step into a club.

How can I join in?

People can apply for a place using this link or by contacting us at together@fitmums.org.uk

When does the programme begin?

The first walk will take place at 9.30am on Monday 14th June. Booking is now open and we very much look forward to being able to offer this additional bereavement support for the Humber area.

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