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Walk and Talk shortlisted for sports award

A scheme which encourages vulnerable adults in Braintree, Witham and Halstead to socialise and stay active has been shortlisted for a local sports award.

Walk and Talk was created by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) with local partners to support people in the community who are feeling vulnerable, because of social isolation, mental health issues, dementia or any other issue.

The activity has been nominated to receive an award in the Active Braintree District Network Sports Awards for the Services to Disability Sport Award.

Di Pasfield, who leads the groups and will be representing ECFRS on the night, said:

"I am absolutely delighted that the Walk and Talks in Braintree, Witham and Halstead have been shortlisted.

"We have been meeting over the year and have shared many laughs and chats. I enjoy getting to know each person and seeing the friendships grow between them.

"These walks give vulnerable members of our community the chance to feel less isolated and talk about all sorts of subjects - they share advice on wellbeing, staying healthy getting out and about and of course, safety in the home, especially fire and crime prevention.

“It is wonderful and an honour to share time with them.”

Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony which takes place on Monday 12 November at Braintree Sixth form.

Walk and Talk takes place in Halstead on the first Monday of the month, Braintree on the first Tuesday of every month and Witham on the first Wednesday of every month.

For more information email diane.pasfield@essex-fire.gov.uk

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