Special Events Stories

Walk with Me, Winter 2023

It’s been a real delight to get out on some fresh winter walks with people sanctuary in Bristol recently.

The long nights can add to the feeling of loneliness for people settling in a new city, so it’s been a joy to help welcome people from Ukraine, Hong Kong, Afghanistan and other nations as we’ve enjoyed a bit of winter sunshine, long shadows, falling leaves and a bit of exercise together.

Chew Valley Lake was a particular highlight with woodland walks, feeding the ducks and watching the sunset over the lake, with hot drinks and cakes. A very British outing.

The SS Great Britain in the heart of Bristol provided a wonderful urban alternative with tours of the ship and a window into life on the high seas.

Here are some of the comments from our new friends…

“It’s been a lovely day because I love being in nature – I felt peace and happy.”

“Going out helps return my strength. I enjoyed it a lot.”

“I enjoyed the sunset because it was good viewing.”

“I like today because very nice and good day for me and my daughters, it’s very amazing.”

“I enjoy to communicate with different people, especially the volunteer helpers. We share a lot on some local news, exchange the ideas on different topics. I feel good and confident which makes me look for to know / enjoy with the community more.”

“It helped me walk in nature and meet new people.”

Click here to find out more about our Walk with Me programme.