Friends of Hednesford Park

The Friends of Hednesford Park are a passionate group of volunteers determined to provide a variety of free events in Hednesford Park to bring their community together. The Chase Fit project provides a group of volunteers to support all ages and all abilities to make friends and feel safe on a delightful 40 minute walk around Hednesford Park, there are volunteers that walk at different paces so that everyone feels they are part of the group, increasing wellbeing and social interaction. The walk incorporates part of the Cannock Chase Heritage Trail, The Museum of Cannock Chase, Hednesford War Memorial and parts of Hednesford Park people don’t usually see.
 Lynn Evans

Age UK South Staffordshire

Age UK South Staffordshire offers a programme of group walks, encouraging people of all ages to live a healthy, active lifestyle. This service is good for those new or returning to exercise, giving people the opportunity to improve fitness and meet others in a friendly group. All walks are led by trained walk leaders, free of charge and are graded from 30 minutes to over 2 hours in length. Age UK South Staffordshire have funding available to increase the number of walks across South Staffordshire but are reliant upon the recruitment of volunteers, who we will train and support.
 Susan Blower
 01785 788472

WLCT Active Living Team

The Exercise Referral Program & The Active after Cancer (AAC) Program

WLCT’s Active Living Team runs a successful Exercise Referral Scheme (ERS) which provides access for people with health issues to a structured form of exercise and activity. It is a commonly used method for health professionals in primary care (GP’s practice Nurse, Physiotherapists, Cancer Nurse Specialists) to promote physical activity. Both programmes are set up to provide support, encouragement, as well as provide safe and appropriate physical activity for any adult who is going through the cancer pathway or have other health issues. Increasing levels of physical activity will help gain the strength to recover, manage their condition, will help to motivate and support them on their individual journey both physically and mentally.
 George Gay
 01543 504065

Doorstep Active

Doorstep Active is a new fun way to get fit! It is a new initiative to help people into a healthier way of life. All the classes are based in the local community - ‘Doorstep’ and a great way to get ‘Active’ No wasting time and money travelling to far away fitness centres or expensive classes! They are delivered by experienced qualified, friendly instructors with many years in the fitness industry. Furthermore the classes are only a pound per session. These are the fitness classes the public have been waiting for!   A NEW kind of sustainable exercise class - ;DOORSTEP ACTIVE’
 George Gay
 01543 504065

Chase Better Health

Chase Better Health is a partnership approach which seeks to shape and build Cannock Chase’s healthy future, by supporting the improvement of health and wellbeing outcomes for residents of the District. In particular Chase Better health seeks to strive for communities within Cannock Chase that are prosperous, healthy, independent, safe, thriving and cohesive.
 Natalie Barrow
 01543 462621

Staffordshire County Council - Cannock Chase County Park

Cannock Chase County Park is one the largest country parks in England, the site of Marquise Drive host a Café, small gift shop, toilet facilities and Great War Hut. This site is ran by Staffordshire County Council.
 Steve Archer
 01785 854898

Staffordshire County Council – Libraries

Your local library offers many services for all ages, from reading to baby bounce and rhyme. Find out what you can do at your local library.
 Library Services
 0300 111 8000

Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission run the Birches Valley Forest site. There is a wide range of activities for all the family including signposted walks, bike routes, children play area and families’ activities. There is also a fantastic café for refreshments.
 FC Enquires
 0300 067 4340

Cannock Chase (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)

In England and Wales , there is a huge variety of scenery and landscapes, from dramatic coasts to remote mountains. Those landscapes considered most valuable are designated as National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). These landscapes are protected by law and managed to maintain their special character for now and the future. Cannock Chase was designated as an AONB in 1958 because of its beautiful landscape, its wildlife and its history. Cannock Chase is the largest surviving area of lowland heathland in the Midlands . Lowland heath is an internationally scarce and threatened wildlife habitat.

The AONB also has extensive areas of forest and woodland along with areas of designed parkland, sand and gravel quarrying and mixed agriculture. There is a Management Plan to ensure that this special place is kept stunning and special. Lots of local people and organisations are involved in managing the process of conserving the area, as we all have a vested interest in securing its future for our continued enjoyment.

If you visit the AONB please take into account the amount of time and effort that is taken into conserving and enhancing the area. Help us by keeping onto designated paths, not dropping your litter and going to the signposted visitor centres. By keeping the AONB in superb condition it keeps it a pleasant and happy place for you and your family to come for future years.
 Emma Beaman
 01785 619185