Walk & Talk Trust was founded for the public benefit, to promote the physical and mental health benefits associated with regular healthy exercise, specifically walking. Through education, targeted support and the establishment of new walking trails, the charity is looking to increase participation in walking activities across all the generations.
The ethos of our walks is one of togetherness and connection, aimed particularly towards :
schoolchildren and their families
people who find themselves socially isolated or disadvantaged
and mental health groups.
Walking outside with others provides an ideal opportunity to talk and to enjoy social interaction ( sharing ideas, discussing problems and experiences ) which might otherwise be missing from our increasingly busy and technological lives.
Big Smile Project
2 out of every 5 schoolchildren are either overweight or obese by the time they reach age 10. The charity wants to provide Year 6 schoolchildren with a pair of their own brand-new walking boots and to encourage parents and guardians to provide opportunities for children to go walking and “break in” their new boots outside of school time. Our aim is to make walking more accessible, to bring families together to walk and talk, to boost the sense of wellbeing and to bring a “Big Smile” to a lot of little faces.
The Heritage 100
In partnership with County Durham Sport, the charity will help fund the establishment of a collectable series of walks spanning the county, to be known as The Heritage 100. These shorter walks will encourage people to explore County Durham and gain a wider awareness of its wonderful countryside, its history and heritage. Families will be able to walk together in new places and discover some of the treasures that exist “on their doorstep”
The Big Smile
Each spring and summer, starting in 2021, the charity will undertake its main fundraising campaign. Named “The Big Smile”, it will be an annual pilgrimage totalling over 1,000 km. It will showcase many of the region’s treasures through its 50 day-long sponsored walks for adults - each of around 20 km.
As a not for profit organisation, all monies raised by the walks will be ploughed into the projects delivered by the charity, improving the lives of beneficiaries in the region