Nidjalla Waangan Mia (NWM) started a 6-week walking program for their clients to encourage activity and getting outdoors. There are so many lovely walking paths and trails around Mandurah, they decided to make the most of them. Each week a different location was selected and everyone who participated received something each week. Both as an incentive and reward.
The students undertaking work experience at NWM stepped in and designed the information flyers for each week.
Each week, participants were given the meeting place and if needed, the NWM was used to help with transport. Participants were asked to complete a questionnaire before starting the walk asking about their regular planned physical activity, if they had a goal for the number of steps they wanting to reach each day and what they wanted to get out of their walk.
Each week, the team from NWM walked along with the participants, including NWM Outreach workers, Care Coordinator and Sexual Health Nurse. The walks provide an environment for conversation and sharing ideas and it has been great to see children coming along to enjoy the great outdoors and explore Mandurah.
Week One The first walk was along the Mandurah Foreshore to the visitors centre to view the , Yaburgurt Art Work and the Contemporary Art Space, finishing with cuppa at TODs café. Everyone who came along for the walk was given a Smart Fitness Tracker which is worn on wrist and can be paired to their smart phones to help track steps. Participants were encouraged to come back for subsequent walks and their steps were recorded after each walk.
Week Two The second walk was held on the Osprey Waters walk path. Participants were given a pair of socks at the end of the walk along with a picnic morning tea. The weather started getting a bit unpredictable this week so we had fewer participants.
Week Three The third walk began at Mandurah Museum. We walked under the new bridge to the bike hire shop near the visitors centre to have wheel chair tyres pumped up by the very kind bike hire man. The group finished at Bay café for coffee. This week participants were given a NWM cap and water bottle at the end of walk.
Week Four The group took in the lovely Joseph and Dulcie Nannup trial this week. To spice things up we played walking bingo – first to spot a park bench, rubbish bin , pelican – to challenge participants and add some fun. We shared a picnic on the path amidst stunning scenery. Participants were given a copy of “More Deadly Tucker Cook Book “ Deadly!
Week Five This week we met at the Novara foreshore to take the Falcon Estuary Walk. Again, we shared a picnic on the path to enjoy the surroundings. Everyone got a NWM lunch box and cover. 8 participants
There is one more walk planned before the end of the six week program, which has been rescheduled due to the continued rain.
At the last walk, to be held at the Henry Sutton Reserve , we will finish with a raffle and BBQ and will ask if the participants to complete a survey to ask if they found the walks valuable, places for future walks, if other activities should be considered and ideas for improvement.
The intention is for the walks to continue once the participants surveys are collated and with further planning about activities and locations. If you are interested in joining. Get in touch with the team at NWM.
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