#MakingPace - so did we do it?

June 2020

May was National Walking Month and we wanted to achieve something special as one big team!

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Due to the lockdown, and the increased importance of spending time outdoors, many of our Making Space family were rediscovering the joys of walking. Inspired by Captain Tom Moore, who completed walking 100 lengths of his garden before his 100th birthday, Making Space set a challenge for all of their employees, volunteers and the people they support, to walk the equivalent of the coastline of the United Kingdom, 7,723 miles (measurements do vary).

Over the next 5 weeks, Making Space, as one big team, managed to walk a total distance of 11,043 miles. They even achieved their goal one week early, with 106 people dusting off their walking boots to take part.

Employees, volunteers and service users from all across the country got involved in the challenge, many of them seeing parts of their hometowns for the first time.

Joe, Team Leader at Staffordshire Recovery Hub, said “The Making Pace challenge has made me think more about the walks I go on and I’ve seen parts of my hometown I wouldn’t normally see”.

Some of the walkers have even started to feel the health benefits of walking and spending more time outdoors.

Nicola, Social Inclusion Co-ordinator at Kingshill Residential Home in Standish, said “I have started power walking to aid my health and refresh my mental health. Good mental health is key to support people effectively in my job”.

Kyle, Senior Support Worker at Rivacre Residential Home in Ellesmere Port, said “I have become more motivated than ever. It’s really cleared my mind emotionally and physically”.

Making Space shared their achievement in a video to all of their employees and they’re currently looking at how to further develop Making Pace in 2021. Who knows where they’ll choose to walk to.

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