A WEE COUNTY sport leader has launched a campaign aimed at keeping people active and connected with friends while social distancing measures are in place.

Tillicoultry's Ryan Kellock, 19, hopes the Walk and Talk campaign will get people outdoors and on the phone to friends, family and colleagues.

And to spread the word that others should try it, anyone who takes part is asked to take a photo while out walking, and share it on social media using the hashtag #WeAreHere.

The Walk and Talk campaign was created by sportscotland's Young People's Sport Panel – which Ryan is a member of – and the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).

Ryan said: "During these times there is so much uncertainty and unfortunately a lot of isolation from close family and friends.

"Finding ways to maintain social connections helps to create a sense of togetherness despite being physically apart.

"Walk and Talk is a great way to stay both physically active whilst making these connections and looking out for one another.

"I found it very comforting to hear a familiar voice, have a catch up and share some stories and laughs together whilst we are both walking and benefitting from physical activity."

Robert Nesbitt, head of physical activity and sport at SAMH, said: "It's important we all look after our mental health and wellbeing, as well as our physical health.

"We know that participating in physical activity can improve confidence, self-esteem, and mood; but it can be difficult for people to be active in the current circumstances.

"The Walk and Talk campaign is a simple way for people to stay in touch and get some exercise."