RFJ are reaching out to people bereaved and injured in the conflict to encourage them to consider the health benefits of getting out into the fresh air and local environment more through walking.
RFJ are encouraging people of all ages and abilities to get involved.
We’re situated perfectly here beside the Falls Park and some relatives expressed an interest in using the park. Last year we had some people getting out and walking as part of the support they were receiving. The benefits were huge.
This included walks in Black Mountain, Cavehill and Falls Park.
This year we want to build on that and encourage other relatives who might also benefit from joining with us by simply availing of the Falls Park to start out with. It’s a great facility right on our doorstep.
The aim is as much about maintaining social contact, ending isolation and tackling early signs of depression as it is about getting healthy too. The physical and mental health benefits from a little exercise can make all the difference.
Anyone bereaved or injured in the conflict is welcome to come along, assist and hopefully support others as a peer group.
This is nothing daunting or strenuous at all so don’t be put off or thinking I’d like to do that but maybe it’s too much. Those who come along can find their own pace within the group and be supported to walk the park.
We’re meeting every Thursday at 11am and every Sunday at 11am. We will be walking Falls Park, the Bog Meadows and a little further afield.
We also have a walking group in Tyrone and there’s every potential that we can travel and walk there too – and of course have them up here also.
Tea & sandwiches will be provided afterwards.
All we ask is that people wear comfortable footwear suitable for walking and a suitable coat as the weather can be unpredictable.
We’ll provide water bottles, good company, and the craic.
Anyone interested can contact us on 02890 627171