The international Jane’s Walk community building movement is coming to Scotland with neighbourhood walks in Edinburgh on 6-8 May 2022. There are neighbourhood community walks to join, and it’s still possible to offer to host a walk in your area.
Jane’s Walk, a community-based approach to city building that uses volunteer-led walking tours to make space for people to connect around their neighbourhoods, is coming to Edinburgh this May. Sunday Assembly Edinburgh, the city’s ‘secular congregation’, are acting as city hosts to organise and encourage walks on the weekend of 6-8 May 2022 as part of the international Janes Walk Festival.
This is the first time that Janes Walks have been hosted in Scotland. Since 2013 Sunday Assembly Edinburgh have been meeting in the city to celebrate life with the motto Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More. Chair Mark McKergow says “Janes Walks offer a great way for people to reach out and connect with people in their neighbourhoods. These walks are inclusive and offer ways for different voices to be heard.”
Jane’s Walks planned for Edinburgh on 6-8 May 2022 include:
Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours. They are:
Jane’s Walk was founded in Toronto in 2006 in honour of community activist Jane Jacobs. Over the next decade, the movement saw rapid global uptake. In 2017, 1,700 Jane’s Walks took place in 225 cities around the world, spanning 37 countries and 6 continents. The movement continues to grow every year.
Would you like to host a Jane’s Walk?
Do you want to:
You do NOT need to be:
More information about leading a walk on the Jane’s Walk website.
Potential lead organisers in other cities in Scotland can also step forward via the Janes Walk website at http://janeswalk.org/add-a-city/.
For more information contact Sunday Assembly Edinburgh Chair Mark McKergow at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on 07976 936086 (anytime). Mark is also an organiser of the Edinburgh West End Residents & Businesses Facebook group, which has grown to over 1500 members during the pandemic. He lives in Atholl Crescent in the West End, is a leadership author and speaker and also leads Village In The City, an online hub providing connection and support for people to build and enhance their own neighbourhood communities.