Step Back Out

Wherever you are on your journey, 
We are here to support you


The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) has worked with communities across Birmingham throughout the pandemic. We have maintained and built trust with communities in areas of high deprivation during a time of increased anxiety, isolation, and for many people crisis.

Together, we have recognised the need to physically and emotionally ‘step back out’ and look towards recovery. We continue to work with communities to co-design interventions that can flex and respond to how we can best support people and meet them where they are at. This will be different for different people; it could be taking small steps out of their homes, 1:2:1 support in a green space, or joining social walking and running groups.

We have been working with those who could benefit the most from health and wellbeing interventions but face the biggest barriers to engaging and participating. Supporting them to identify, mitigate, and remove these barriers and provide opportunities to Step Back Out in to activity.

Our approach is one of progression, by implementing a mixed methodology which offers telephone, face to face support and community groups. 

Using our holistic approach we meet you wherever you are in your physical journey. From taking the first step via our Listen & Connect team, Getting out into the community with our community walking groups or getting back into your old routine with our advanced running and walking groups.

Your journey with us can start with a simple phone call, our amazing team will provide emotional and practical interventions via telephone support. Where we can help to increase confidence and motivation to participate in social and physical opportunities and become more resilient and healthier.

For some the first step is meeting us to walk and talk on a 1:2:1 basis. Then when you are ready we can help you transition into a community group where you can meet others, socialise and create friendships that last outside the session. 

Our group activities take place in local parks. They follow the wellbeing walk model whereby people are able to get active, meet others, chat, and get other support if they need it. All of our running groups are managed via a TAWS senior run leader but are lead predominantly by volunteers.

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1-2-1 L&C Walks

I noticed straight away that there were others like me from all ages living alone, some with families living not far away and I also discovered as days went by that not only people turned up to keep fit, had health issues but that we had a lot of things in common such as gardening, sharing historical stories from the local area, laughter, sewing, art ideas, DIY, photos, triviality too.


walking Group

The run leaders are there to help and support everyone by motivating and
encouraging the group to persevere, helping to change any doubts you had before
about running. 


Social Group

Couch to 5K helped me get back into running after an injury and a long break from running. I had tried to get into outdoor running on my own without any success. The group gave me the confidence and instruction to build up my pace while being surrounded by supportive like-minded people. Without Couch to 5K I think I would have given up.


5k Running Group

When my grandchildren’s school held a ‘couch to 5k’ programme I decided that this was the goal I needed to work towards! ...I keep running because of the other people in my group. They are so inspirational. I’ve never really been much of a fan of exercise but running as a group is different.  It gives you the push you need and you feel better after every single run.”


5k Running Group

Running has made me feel happier and helped me find friends from my local
area. My running group is great. We are comfortable with each other and
understand that we all have different running abilities. The social aspect of
running is amazing and it is something I look forward to every week.


Running Group

After running my first ever run I discovered many other people who were just like me; from an Asian background, Muslim and women with similar body types as me who loved and could run! Some women who were larger than me finished before I did, as did some older women. They weren’t super-fit, super-competitive, super-models but normal, average-sized women who had similar fitness levels as I did. Which proves that anyone can be a runner or an active person.


TGC Fun Run

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