People living in Halesworth and the surrounding areas are being invited to join the Pear Tree Fund on two special walks to map out the local treasures which help them through tough times.
Called ‘asset walks’, the events will take place on 8 and 15 December starting at 10am in the Throughfare at the entrance to the middle car park.
They have been arranged as part of the Pear Tree Fund’s Compassionate Communities work and will give participants the chance to map the places and spaces, people and pastimes which help them through difficult periods and can improve their quality of life. This could include libraries, health centres, education facilities, leisure centres, cafes, restaurants, bus services, GP practices, shops, faith groups, charities, residents’ associations, support groups, parks and open spaces.
The information they gather will then be used to create an online community treasure map showcasing all of the assets which are available locally to boost wellbeing.
The first walk has been arranged to coincide with grief awareness week, which runs until 8 December and aims to raise awareness of the needs of the bereaved and make sure they get the time and support they need to heal. The walks also come as part of the Pear Tree Fund’s ongoing commitment to supporting people who have lost loved ones as well as those who have received a diagnosis or are at the end of their lives.
Kevin Vaughan, chief executive of the Pear Tree Fund, said: “We are really pleased to be hosting these innovative asset walks to give our community a chance to come together and explore the places and spaces which give meaning to their lives. We hope that the interactive map which we produce will be a really useful tool which will help lots of people in the future by directing them to the places which could boost their wellbeing and emotional health.
“We would encourage anyone who would like to take part to wrap up warm and join us on the Thoroughfare for what promises to be a fascinating and worthwhile tour of our town.”