Call for Proposals to Host a Mood Walks Group

Deadline Extended to Friday, March 21 at 4 pm

Mood Walks will provide training and support for 30 community mental health organizations across the province to launch educational walking programs for older adults who experience mental health issues. Participating organizations will run a walking group for at least 10 weeks during the spring and summer of 2014, with 8-12 participants per group who are 50 years of age and older.

In addition to weekly walks, Mood Walks groups will receive free Safe Hiker training from Hike Ontario, have the opportunity to explore their local Conservation Area and be part of Conservation Ontario’s 2014 Healthy Hikes Challenge.

Mood Walks group leaders will receive support and resources every step of the way.

Are you interested in hosting a Mood Walks Group?

See below to download the Request for Proposals.

To get a sense if Mood Walks is the right for your organization, please download the following information package and complete the “Are You Ready to Host Mood Walks Group?” checklist.

If you feel your organization is well-suited to host a Mood Walks group, please submit your completed checklist as well as a completed Proposal to Host a Mood Walks Group by 4:00 pm on Friday, March 21, 2014 (note extended deadline). See below for submission details.

Mood Walks sites will be chosen based on organizational readiness, availability of required resources, and anticipated number of participants in the targeted age demographic. Efforts will be made to ensure diverse geographical regions of the province are represented in the project.

Information Kits

Download an information kit to find out more about the following topics:

  • How Mood Walks Can Benefit You!
  • Resources and Funding Provided
  • What You Could Bring to a Partnership
  • What Your Partners Could Bring
  • Hike Ontario Training for Mood Walks Participants
  • Certified Hike Leader Training
  • How to Get Involved

Mental Health Agencies

» Information Kit for Mental Health Agencies (PDF)
» Mood Walks Readiness Checklist (DOC)
» Mood Walks Request for Proposals (DOC)

Partner Organizations

» Information Kit for Conservation Authorities (PDF)
» Information Kit for Hiking Clubs and Trail Associations (PDF)

Find Mood Walks Partners

Look for partners in your area who could be part of your Mood Walks group. Securing a partner from each partner organization is not required but highly encouraged to support your group’s effectiveness!

Conservation Ontario provides a list of Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities:

Hike Ontario provides a list of member clubs:

Mental Health Helpline provides a directory of all mental health agencies in Ontario:

For information about potential partners in your area, including contact information, please email Andrea Town, Mood Walks Project Manager, at [email protected].

Timeline of Next Steps

Deadline for Request for Proposals: Friday, March 21, 2014
Mood Walks! April–September, 2014
Submit Mood Walks Final Report: Due October 1, 2014

How to Submit

Proposals should be sent to:

Andrea Town
Mood Walks Project Manager
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
180 Dundas Street West, Suite 2301
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8
Fax 416-977-2813
[email protected]

Thank you for your interest!

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