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One of the things we are most proud of is how Walk and Talks, and wonderful volunteers, have created amazing connections with their local community, bringing great benefits and rewarding experiences to everybody involved.

Walk and Talks have become the beacon that shines a light on fantastic local organisations, new activities, worthy causes and volunteering opportunities – making communities stronger together.

Let’s take last Saturday as an example. The Wimbledon Common and Village Walk and Talk welcomed Michelle Scott and members of Mencap Merton’s “Giving Back Club”. The inspiring young-adult Club helps members with learning disabilities and autism ‘give something back’ to their community through volunteering and doing good deeds for local people. What an amazing initiative.

Kimberley Salmassian, who helped create the Wimbledon Tennis Windows Competition also joined the Walk and Talk. Local businesses produce a volley of fun puns and witty windowscapes to showcase their goods and services in celebration of the world famous tennis tournament. Kimberley started what has now become a local institution in 2013 from scratch and with no funding, bringing people to the Village and generating national media coverage. Walkers and talkers then enjoyed a visit to the local Emmanuel Church to find out some fascinating local history.

Meanwhile the Morden Hall Park and Colliers Wood Walk and Talks visited Merton Abbey Mills and met John Hawks, of the Merton Priory Trust who is an amazing supporter of the local community and is always happy to reveal some great local stories. He led the group on a special visit to the Merton Priory Chapter House. Merton Priory was one of the most important monasteries of the middle ages. Henry III’s queen, Eleanor of Provence and King Henry VI were both crowned here whilst Thomas Becket and Walter de Merton (founder of Merton College Oxford) were both educated here.

Great organisations, great company, great connections and a great way to kick off a weekend.

It proves Walk and Talks are not just for Saturday mornings. They open up so many opportunities for people to engage with their local community and make new friends and connections. By doing that we can all be happier and healthier together.

Remember Walk and Talks are always free, no bookings or reservations and take place every Saturday at 10,.30am at the following locations.

The whole community is always welcome. So come on – get yourself connected this Saturday.

PS: We thought we would share the feedback from the members of Mencap Merton’s Giving Back Club below:

Everyone was very welcoming🤝 It was great to see how many people came along🙌 While having a stroll 🚶across and around🚶‍♀️the Common the GB members had the opportunity to meet new people👥 We met and talked with a lovely gentleman, who is 93 years old🫶Halfway through the walk, Michelle, GBC team leader 🗣delivered a talk about the giving back club to everyone👏 After, we continued our walk🚶and made it to the finishing line🎉🎊 The members had a great day😆Fantastic well-being activity👌