Southgate walking project wins Transport for London funding

‘Wellbeing Walkabouts’ is one of 147 projects around the capital to win a slice of a new £575,000 funding pot to support active travel

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A Southgate project aimed at getting people walking has been named as one of 147 in London to win a slice of a new £575,000 funding pot.

Transport for London (TfL) and the London Marathon Foundation announced this week they are funding 78 new projects and 69 existing projects run by community groups to help support walking and cycling in the capital.

As part of the Walking and Cycling Grants London (WCGL) programme, each investment will allow organisations to “deliver projects and programmes to enable more people to enjoy the benefits of active travel”.

‘Wellbeing Walkabouts’, run by Express Tuition Ltd from its base in Southgate, is a walking project aiming to support ethnic minorities and disadvantaged women by delivering weekly guided walks to improve their physical, mental, and social wellbeing.

WCGL aims to encourage more people to walk and cycle, helping to break down the barriers that prevent people from getting active and helping to make London a more sustainable, inclusive, and healthy city. All funded projects give people the chance to connect with their local communities, learn new skills, get active and improve their physical and mental health. 

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Gokhan Omur, executive director at Express Tuition Ltd, said: ”We at Express Tuition are really excited about starting ‘Wellbeing Walkabouts.’

“We want to help migrant women in North London feel better, make friends, and learn English. It’s great to work with Groundwork London and TfL on this. We can’t wait to see the good changes this project will bring.”   

Aynur, a participant at Express Tuition Ltd, added: “This programme will help me get fit, meet people, and improve my English. It’s more than just walking; it’s a chance for me to feel part of the community.”

The successful projects target a wide range of traditionally underrepresented groups and cover all 32 London boroughs.

London’s walking and cycling commissioner, Will Norman, said:“Walking and cycling are great ways for people to keep active, stay healthy and connect with their local communities. I’m delighted that the grants programme is supporting these important projects, which are removing barriers to active travel for traditionally underrepresented groups.

“The mayor and I will continue to work with community groups to make the capital’s transport network more sustainable and accessible, building a fairer, greener and better London for everyone.”

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