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York’s great multicultural connections enable an older person to get out for a walk in her local neighbourhood

York’s great multicultural connections enable an older person to get out for a walk in her local neighbourhood

Move the Masses are delighted to have found a walking buddy for R, an older person who was wanting to get out and about in her local area. R's first language is Arabic and so we set to work finding a volunteer who would be happy to chat in Arabic.

Move the Masses has lots of great local connections and we often work in collaboration with other organisations. We got in touch with Alice, from United Bikes, who provides cycle training in York for women of all nationalities, often from our refugee and immigrant communities.

Alice found us Arabic-speaking Emma, who last week spent a lovely morning walking with R and her daughter.

R was very eager to start her walk and the three of them chatted away. Emma loved this and it made her feel like they had known each other for years. Together they spent around 30 minutes walking in the neighbourhood and resting in the shade.

R showed Emma the area she lived in and on leaving one another asked her to come again as soon as possible.

Emma said “Being able to help someone like R is absolutely wonderful. This experience has increased my understanding of the difficulties that older people might face during their daily life, where even the things that we take for granted, for them is a big challenge. I loved our chat and our walk, so I guess I have benefited from my visit to R, maybe even more than she did!”

Move the Masses need more people to volunteer as a walking buddy for people in their local neighbourhood. Most walks take less than half an hour and it is up to the Move Mate volunteer how often they arrange to walk together.

If you want to make a difference and volunteer, complete our simple online form. https://movethemasses.org.uk/buddies