The Turning Tides Project CIC took on the incredible challenge of walking 140 miles, or 280,000 steps, during December, raising an amazing £595 for The Big Issue Foundation.
The number of steps walked is particularly significant because the estimated number of homeless people in the UK in 2019 was 280,000 people (according to statistics from Shelter).
Roger from The Turning Tides Project talks about the Big Walk and why they decided to take on this challenge for The Big Issue Foundation:
“At The Turning Tides Project, we follow a Social Model approach: the idea that people are not inherently disabled, but rather that people are disabled by the society that we live in. We wanted to fundraise partly to be part of the change that we want to see in the world and partly to show that ‘disabled people’ can be part of the solution.
One of the reasons why we decided to support the Big Issue is because we think that you share similar values to us. What we aim to do is work with people with learning disability labels and autism labels to create equal access to music, arts, and life by creating an inclusive environment where everyone can contribute and feel valued by themselves and others.