Talk N Walk Program Vision

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There is great potential for the Talk N Walk program to have a real impact on community health and wellbeing by supporting WA girls, families, and young people of all abilities to develop healthier lifestyles and experience a stronger sense of belonging and connection to community. 

Walking increases opportunities for face-to-face social contact in the community; it helps people to map their neighbourhoods in social terms; it’s a great physical activity starting point for the very in-active, with very few barriers to participation; and, it can be a really good way to lift your mood and improve your mental health. 

We want to motivate and support children and young people to experience these benefits from a young age. To recognise that walking isn’t just for old people; that it can be fun; that it makes you feel good and can help relieve everyday stresses; that conversation flows easier when walking; that your creativity and ability to problem solve improves; and,that you can literally walk yourself out of a bad mood (in just 10 minutes!). 

We also want to highlight how walking in nature – in parks, along bush trails, or at the beach – amplifies these benefits - and to connect families, children and young people to local natural assets where they can Talk N Walk. 

Nature Play WA is looking for funding, research, government and community partners with aligned objectives, to help us promote the benefits of talking and walking and realise our Talk N Walk program vision.

Get involved:

Girls, families, children and young people

  • Download the Talk N Walk app and give it a go.  
  • Sign up to receive Program Updates including information on how to be involved in future co-design and program development opportunities.

Schools

  • Organise a Talk N Walk to School event using our Talk N Walk to School Toolkit. Check out these Talk N Walk to School events for ideas and inspiration! 
  • Contact kellie@natureplaywa.org.au to discuss ways you could incorporate Talk N Walk into your school buddy program, behaviour management practices, orientation etc. and to receive our Talk N Walk card deck (limited number available) featuring the conversation starters and walking challenges co-designed with girls involved in the program development.

Community and youth programs

  • Contact Kellie Hill - kellie@natureplaywa.org.au to discuss ways in which you could integrate Talk N Walk into your programming. 
  • Sign up to receive Program Updates to keep informed of upcoming stakeholder information workshops, new Talk N Walk resources and case studies.

Organisations working with children and young people from the autism community

  • In 2023 Nature Play WA will be making accessibility updates to the Talk N Walk app, working with children and young people from Spectrum Space to undertake an ‘autism friendliness’ review of the program, including the co-design of supporting resources to support uptake by families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Contact Kellie Hill - kellie@natureplaywa.org.au to find out how to get involved in this project  
  • Sign up to receive Program Updates to keep informed of upcoming stakeholder information workshops, new Talk N Walk resources and case studies.

Local governments

  • Contact Kellie Hill - kellie@natureplaywa.org.au to discuss Talk N Walk event opportunities and the potential to work with us in co-designing location specific Talk N Walk resources with children and young people from your community. 
  • Sign up to receive Program Updates to keep informed of upcoming stakeholder information workshops, new Talk N Walk resources and case studies.

Research Institutions

  • Contact Kellie Hill - kellie@natureplaywa.org.au to discuss potential Talk N Walk research partnership opportunities exploring the efficacy of Talk N Walk in supporting increased physical activity, improved social connections, health and wellbeing. 

Help Talk N Walk grow:

Sponsorship Opportunities

Media Enquiries

Co-design is at the very core of Talk N Walk and, moving forward, will continue to be – with time and effort to be invested in engaging with, listening and responding to what our target demographic and key stakeholders have to say in the development of all aspects of the program.  

If you’re an organisation or individual interested in working with us to achieve our Talk N Walk program vision we would love to hear from you! Please get in touch via our email address: info@natureplaywa.org.au