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Walkers say weekly stroll is changing lives for the better

A weekly walk around Swansea Marina followed by coffee and chat is becoming so popular organisers think they will soon have more than 100 people taking part.

Ageing well marina walk

It is just one of lots of free or subsidised activities available for older people looking to get out of the house, be active and socialise during 2023 thanks to Swansea Council's partnership and involvement team.

They also include discounted cinema screenings, ten-pin bowling, one-off day trips and a newly launched Ageing Well Choir.

People can sign-up for a newsletter that gives them a weekly update of all that is going on by visiting:  https://www.swansea.gov.uk/ageingwellemail

Those who regularly attend the Thursday walk, which sets off from the Swigg just before 10.30am, said it has become one of the highlights of their week.

It is a chance to get some exercise and make new friends with walkers crediting it for transforming their lives for the better.

Watch our video to see what they saying.

Swansea Council Cabinet Member for Community Support, Hayley Gwilliam, said: "My heart is just bursting hearing how something so seemingly simple as a group walk and coffee can have such a meaningful and positive impact on people's lives.

"Our partnership and involvement team, working with partners, have developed a really full and varied programme of activities and events and these are being added to all the time.

"If you've not signed up to the newsletter I'd encourage you do so to keep up to date with all the fantastic opportunities on offer.

"We want older people to be healthy, to be safe inside and outside the home, to enjoy life, to have a voice and make a positive contribution to help improve Swansea."

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