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We’re on a mission to make sure that one day everyone breathes clear air with healthy lungs. That’s why funding research into lung disease is such an important part of what we do.
Help and support
For more information, call our friendly helpline team on 03000 030 555. They can answer your questions and help you find pulmonary rehabilitation services or exercise classes in your area.
If you aren’t currently active and you would like support, find out more about how we can help you through Active Steps.
On this page:
- Walking groups
- Mobility and disability organisations
- Walking sport
- Local events
- Exercise referral schemes
Walking groups are an enjoyable, social way to become active. There are free group health walks across the UK which are aimed at supporting people to become active.
Walking for Health
020 7339 8541
028 9030 3930
Paths for All
Let’s Walk Cymru
Walk Unlimited has information on how to get active through walking, plus links to lots of different local opportunities.
There are organisations that can help if you have mobility problems or a disability.
English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS)
Disability Sports Northern Ireland
028 9046 9925
Scottish Disability Sport
0131 317 1130
Disability Sports Wales
0300 300 3115
Walking sports are a fun and sociable way to become more active at the right level for you. Below are some links that you may find helpful, but walking sports are often organised locally, so keep an eye out in your local area for details of walking sport sessions.
If you live in England, you can find your nearest walking netball session on the England Netball website. There may be sessions in other areas of the UK. Get in touch with your regional governing body for more information: Welsh Netball, Netball NI, Netball Scotland.
Get in touch with your local cricket board or union to find out if they arrange walking cricket sessions in your area. Find your local cricket board or union via the England and Wales Cricket Board, Cricket Ireland or Cricket Scotland.
Walking hockey is a fairly new walking sport. To find out if there are any sessions in your area, get in touch with your national hockey association: England Hockey, Ulster Hockey, Scottish Hockey or Hockey Wales.
You might like to try out these events in your local area:
- Park run is an opportunity to exercise with others – and you don’t have to run, you can walk if you want to!
- Green Gyms are free outdoor sessions where you can get involved with conservation projects such as planting trees and sowing meadows.
Exercise referral schemes are designed to help people who need to become more active for health reasons.
If you live in Wales, you can find out more about the Welsh National Exercise Referral Scheme. If you live in England, Northern Ireland or Scotland, ask your GP whether there are exercise referral schemes available in your area.