Can you support NAPA’s 25th Anniversary Appeal?
Fundraise for our charity and help us prioritise and improve wellbeing every day. NAPA has been championing activity and engagement for 25 years – please help us to reach our goal of raising £25,000 in our 25th year.
Raise £25 and help us to be here in another 25 years.
If you would like to organise your own fundraising event to support our 25th Anniversary Appeal that would be amazing!
Please visit the fundraising pages of our website HERE
History of the Wellbeing Walk
In 2021 as part of the National Moving and Grooving campaign we were delighted to launch The NAPA Wellbeing Walks. The first took place in the Spring and the second in the Winter, raising over £3,000 for our free Activity Support Service; the NAPA Supportline. This enabled us to set up the Support and Share Network a FREE monthly, a reflective practice session for Activity Providers across the UK.
The forum is now well established and enables Activity Providers to support each other, share their experiences and learn new approaches. Find out more or book a place on the next one HERE.
What’s next for Wellbeing Walks?
Following the success of the walks, we are now able to support you to hold your own wellbeing walk whenever suits you!
Why not organise your own sponsored walk with a difference? The difference is you! There are lots of ways you can make your walk fun and personal! You can…. walk around the garden, along the promenade, up a hill, down a valley, dress up, take the dog, dance and skip, hula hoop….. whatever you fancy! We hope your walk will encourage people to get together, keep fit and raise funds to support NAPA’s work. Walking is good for you, it’s fun, free, boosts mood, exercises the heart, and provides the benefit of fresh air.
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+ Be creative and inclusive, recognise diverse abilities
+ Choose a location, this could be a well know local walk, a walk round the garden or a walk on the beach
+ The success of your walk will depend on the route you chose – find a good route that your supporters will be able to do. Walking around the house might be enough!
+ If you’d like to plan a walk around town, why not organise a walk between different care homes?
+ Consider different distances for your walk so some people can walk a shorter route. Also decide if your route needs to be buggy or wheelchair accessible for your walkers
+ Recruit a team of helpers to help promote your walk
+ On the day, you’ll need volunteers to register walkers, lead the walk and someone to bring up the rear of the group
+ Ask for helpers so that you can provide drinks and snacks to your walkers – either on the route or afterwards!
+ Make sure everyone signed up has a sponsorship form so that they can do their own fundraising!
+ Use the NAPA fundraising pack HERE
+ Set up a donation page for your walk so participants can collect online sponsorship
+ You could ask for an entry fee for the walk, especially if you are providing refreshments. Make sure the fee includes a small donation to NAPA!
+ Spread the word that you are organising a sponsored walk for NAPA to encourage more people to join you and to raise awareness of NAPA’s work. Include information and how to sign up and information about how to donate.
+ Social media – Mention your walk on Facebook and Twitter etc and ask all your participants to do the same, tweet as you walk and tag @NAPAlivinglife
+ Work – find out if you can advertise your walk at work, ask for sponsorship on the intranet, website, newsletter
+ Local Media – we can send you a press release to share with your local newspaper, radio station etc
+ Let people know that the monies raised will be going to NAPA: e.g. ‘By taking part in this sponsored walk you are helping NAPA to support the care sector to prioritise activity, arts and engagement’.
+ Once you have your route planned, check with your local authority Safety Advisory Group to check if you need any permissions to walk through local parks etc
+ Let the police know about your walk as well so that they can advise you about any other events planned that day along your route
+ You will need to complete a risk assessment for your walk. Check our fundraising pages online for templates and if you need extra advice or help
+ Take a register of all your walkers before you set off.
+ Asking participants to sign up online through a free service like Eventbrite can be helpful, as you can then print off a tick list of walkers in advance
+ Take your register again at the halfway point of your walk and at the very end to make sure nobody has got lost!
+ If you have a lot of walkers, it can be helpful to give out numbers that they can attach to themselves with safety pins, or for everyone to try and wear the same colour clothing! You could also give a brightly coloured umbrella to your walk leader to make them easier to spot.
+ Make sure you have a leader for the walk, someone bringing up the rear to make sure nobody gets left behind, and a first aider. If your walking route crosses roads, recruit some marshals to help out at these points.
+ Ask your walkers to bring water and sun cream with them and to wear waterproof layers and sensible shoes.
+ If you are serving drinks or snacks as part of your walk, make sure that you have checked food.gov.uk
+ Raffle prizes and tickets: approach local restaurants, shops and beauty salons to donate a meal, box of chocolates or beauty treatment
+ Quiz: To keep children occupied while you walk
+ Song sheets: Have a singalong or dance as you walk
+ Refreshments: Cakes, Chocolates, drinks to sell
To make sure your Wellbeing Walk goes smoothly please follow the following guidelines:
- Wrap up if cold
- Wear your wellies if wet
- Take a hot drink and water
- Make sure your phone is charged and with you
- Let people know where you are going and when you expect to be back
- Take a torch if you are walking in the evening
- Walk with a buddy
- Pack a snack and some loose change
- Remember to include your sponsorship forms so we can claim gift aid!
- Please include a brief note about how you raised your funds and ask for any extra thank you letters or posters as well
- If you haven’t already tweeted a photo of your sponsored walk at @NAPALivinglife, you can email one to email@example.com so we can see what you’ve been up to!
- Please note: NAPA cannot accept liability for any loss, damage or injury suffered by you or anyone else as a result of taking part in your Wellbeing Walk. Please see the section on keeping your event safe.
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