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Dog Walk and Talk

This is a group walking activity with a therapy dog designed to support six young people (aged 18-25) in Brighton and Hove who are experiencing social anxiety or isolation, or those who feel challenged by being in groups or meeting new people.

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The activity is made up of three parts: 

  1. 1-to-1 meeting for each young person with a counsellor to discuss any concerns.
  2. The six young people will go for a walk in Stanmer Park (approx 2-3 hours) with two counsellors, the activity coordinator and a Right Here volunteer. There will be ice-breaker games and discussions along the way.
  3. 1-to-1 meeting for each young people with a counsellor to reflect on their personal experience. 
  4. Everyone from the walk meets up again to reflect on the walk, what everyone learned from the experience, and the connections that they made with each other.
“Walk and Talk has definitely helped me feel more confident in myself and in meeting new people.” ~ Walk and Talk participant

 

Why walking?

  • Walking has been shown to improve self esteem, relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety, reduce stress, relax your mind and even boost your mood.
  • Walking, particularly in pleasant surroundings and with other people, offers the perfect opportunity for relaxation and social contact.
  • A report by the Faculty of Public Health states that ‘access to nature can significantly contribute to our mental capital and wellbeing‘ and that ‘safe, green spaces may be as effective as prescription drugs in treating some forms of mental illnesses’.

How do I book a place?

You can book a place on a Dog Walk and Talk yourself – or someone you know. Please text or email your name, date of birth and contact number to 07850500420 or email rh.activities@ymcadlg.org.

When are the W&T dates?

  • New dates for 2016 will be announced soon