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Pawpalz looks to create a women's mental health walk in Ellon

By Kirsty Brown

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A popular mental health group for men in Ellon is looking to expand its services to support women in the local area.

Pawpalz was the brainchild of Ellon's Toby McKillop, who was inspired to encourage men to get together once a week for a walk with some four-legged friends after discovering the benefits which his dog Ebby brought into his life when he was struggling.

Ever since it's inception earlier this year Toby has been inundated with requests for a similar set up for women but so far the group has always remained exclusive to men.

As the group looks to the future following lockdown limitations, Toby feels that the time is right to look at creating a women's Pawpalz group.

After learning that there was still a demand for a women's mental health walk, the search for a volunteer to lead the new session has been launched.

Pawpalz are now seeking a volunteer walk leader to run a weekly walk with a small group of women looking for support with their mental health, and given the nature of the group it is essential for the person to have their own dog and enjoy being outside in all weathers.

The ideal candidate would be comfortable working alone, have previous experience in support work, enjoy meeting new people and have a good understanding of mental health.

The walk leader's duties would include facilitating conversations on mental health, creating a safe space free of judgement, safeguarding participants and, of course, leading the walks.

Anybody interested can discuss the opportunity further by e-mailing: pawpalzaberdeen@hotmail.com or message the Pawpalz Facebook page.

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