How walkable is your neighbourhood?
Many of us take walking for granted. However, for many older people, walking is their main form of transport, and essential to maintain independence and to reach vital public services such as GPs, pharmacists and libraries. Walking is also a great way to stay active, helping maintain health and wellbeing, and reducing the risk of falling.
We have teamed up with Living Streets and CADR (the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research) to collect older people's thoughts and experiences of walking in their neighbourhoods. If you're aged 50 or over, we'd like to know why you walk, how often you walk, and what helps or hinders you in walking where you live.
We've put together a short questionnaire to find out how age-friendly our streets are for people walking. In 2017, we will produce a report summarising the findings of the survey, and making recommendations of how we can make our towns, villages and cities better places to walk, and grow older in.
We need your help to spread the word about the survey, and to assist us in collecting as many responses as possible from older people all over Wales. Please tell your friends, families, and any groups or clubs you're involved with, and ask people if they would be willing to take part.
You can download copies of the questionnaire for the survey, as well as a letter which gives some background information about the project below:
If you'd prefer, we can send you copies of the questionnaire to use locally - just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at 02920 445 030.
Help us make Wales a nation of age-friendly communities - where we can all easily get around