Walking, castles, instruments and cake. Not things you often associate in the same sentence. That is until People First celebrated this year’s Time to Talk day.

On Thursday 6th February, our Time to Change champions took their mission to the streets. Encouraging fresh air and fresh chat: the champions organised a range of experiences to promote conversation among our staff and learners. At the centre of our chaty-afternoon was a guided walk, led by two of our team.

Led by Chris and Stef – now qualified Walk for Health leaders – a group of over 20 staff and learners shared a 40 minute stroll through Carlisle. Leaving the office at 12:30 prompt, the group enjoyed a route including local landmarks and parkland. Passing Carlisle Castle and exploring Bitts Park; our strolling squad shared conversations in a way that we don’t ordinarily make time for.

After the walk, the gang hung up their boots and met with the rest of the team for hot drinks, cake and fruit, to continue the conversation.

Since People First signed the Time to Change pledge in 2019 we have sought opportunities like this to promote good mental health within the workplace. To make events like this one happen we have several Time to Change Champions who work hard to ensure we talk and share our experiences.

Thank you to each champion who helped to plan this event. Thank you to Stef and Chris for leading us safely through our walk. And thank you to Active Cumbria for coming along and officially recognising our walk leads as Walk for Health leaders.