Walking with Stamford Park Strollers

Ashton Medical Group’s Health Champions have set up a strollers group for patients of the GP practice and members of the public.

Stamford Park Strollers cater for all ages and abilities, they have longer and more challenging walks for those who are able, and shorter, gentler strolls for those who have access requirements, breathing difficulties, or simply want to take it easy.

Many people come along with children/grandchildren in pushchairs and many bring their dogs, the group adapt to whoever turns up on the day. After a nice walk and talk the group return to the Pavilion Café for a well-earned cup of tea. 

The group have made a positive difference to many people and are so friendly and welcoming. One gentleman in his 90's had been socially isolated for a number of years since the death of his wife and the only person he ever saw was the taxi driver who took him to the garden centre once a month.  Now he regularly attends the walks and told us that it has changed his life, not only is he getting gentle exercise, but he has made new friends, feels supported and has gained a sense of belonging.  

The group meet on the third Thursday of the month, rain or shine, at 10.30am outside The Pavilion Café in Stamford Park. 

Click here to find out more about Health Champions in GP Practices


There are many walks around Tameside, Active Tameside have Walk and Talk sessions; a gentle 30 minute walk with a trained walk leader planning the routes. These walks are a chance to get out in the fresh air and socialise with others. All walks are free, click here to visit the Active Tameside website.




Meet at Active Denton Pool, M34 3GU. Joe Brooks 07850306446

Ashton (Oxford Park)



Meet at Active Oxford Park, Pottinger St, Ashton-Under Lyne, OL7 0PW Joe Brooks 07850306446




The Chinwags, The United Church, Union St, Hyde, SK14 1ND. Joe Brooks 07850306446

Stamford Park



Meet at bowling hut, Stamford Park, SK152BJ. Sarah Patterson 07872151420


Greater Manchester Moving has grants available for people and organisations who promote and support walking in creative ways.


Between November 2019 and June 2020 GMCVO will be giving out a total of £225,000 in grants to VCSE organisations to get Greater Manchester Walking. 

The grants are funded by Greater Manchester Moving who have received funding from Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to support as many people as possible to walk regularly. They want to create a network of people and organisations who promote and support walking in creative ways.

Small grants from £50 to £1,000, and medium grants of £1,000 to £5,000 are available for voluntary and community groups and social enterprises to encourage people who are usually less active to get out and start walking, or increase the amount they walk. We also plan to offer partnership grants of up to £15,000. Groups can apply for more than one grant.

The small grants programme is a rolling programme. Closing date for the medium grants is 5pm 24th February 2020 with decisions being announced by 23rd March 2020. It is envisaged there will be a second, targeted round of medium grants in June 2020.

If you want to apply for a grant, first of all you will need to register with us. Then you will need to fill in a short online application form telling us about your organisation, what you would like to do, what you would spend the funding on and who will benefit from your project. 

To find out more about small grants, click here.

To find out more about medium grants, click here.

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