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Beat loneliness! Meet likeminded people on fun, free walking events

An end to social isolation

While working from home certainly has its perks, it also means more hours alone.

Over time, this can severely impact wellbeing and lead to chronic loneliness.

Yet a power duo to outshine all power duos (including Britney and Justin), are on a mission to conquer isolation by creating fun, free walking events across London.

[Credit: Talk the Walk]

Coining their meet-ups, Talk the Walk, co-founders Jake Williams and Charlotte Sinclair wanted to rally likeminded folk together and explore the city on foot.

Having had their own challenges with solitude, the couple were determined to give a voice to others struggling so they can feel connected beyond closed doors.

Now, the gatherings are attracting hundreds of people, as young and old unite to end loneliness.

Speaking about their triumph, Jake said: “I’ve done some crazy things to stop loneliness, like dog sitting for people and joining gyms, just so I can have more conversations with people.”

[Credit: Talk the Walk]

Chatting to MyLondon, he added: “I think that it’s hugely impactful for people who have been affected by Covid, by being forced to work from home and having that isolation.”

The walks cover some serious ground, with their latest venture stretching over three hours as they rambled from Angel to trendy Haggerston.

Meanwhile, previous missions have included treks across Hampstead Heath and Regent’s Canal.

While they are closing up shop for chilly season, the dream team vow to organise more hangouts soon, which always open with icebreaker games to break the nervousness.

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Not only could you find yourself making new friends (and nabbing some of the free chocolate that is gifted out), you’ll be giving yourself a serious wellbeing boost.

Walking dramatically improves circulation, which helps reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, while also strengthening muscles, supporting your joints, and lightning your mood.

As they say, everywhere is walking distance if you make the time.

To get involved, click here: Talk the Walk.

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