OPP OF THE DAY: Walk Leader, Age UK

The volunteer role involves walk leading and supporting other volunteer walk leaders.

Duties and Responsibilities:
– Undergoing Volunteer Walk Leader Training
– To agree to a Criminal Records Bureau Check
– Pioneer walks – (reconnoitre)
– Carry out risk assessments at walk locations
– Obtain name, contact, age and Next of Kin contact details of walk participants
– Complete Health Walk questionnaires from participants
– Lead 30-minute walks – warm up, brisk walk, warm down. Build in ‘progression’ to subsequent walks, increasing speed, length or including inclines
– Observe participants, warn of dangers (such as tree roots on path) and give assistance
– On Walk Attendance Register, write short report of walk such as weather conditions, incidents, etc
– Forward walk attendance registers to LEAP Over 60 Project on a monthly basis
– Contact the emergency services (999) in case of emergency
– Ensure the Project Co-ordinator is informed of any problems
– Adhere to relevant Age Concern policies and procedures
– To wear a personal identity badge whilst volunteering

Age UK Dudley will repay any agreed expenses (bus fares, etc) on production of receipts paid out in the course of journeys, so that you are not out of pocket. Travel expenses will be paid monthly on a mileage basis for all authorised journeys undertaken.

– A liking for and an empathy with older people
– The ability to work as part of a team
– Good listening skills and an understanding of safety issues
– An understanding of the need for confidentiality
– Sense of humour
– Good timekeeping
– Reliability and trustworthiness

René Evans
Email: volunteer@ageukdudley.org.uk
Contact number: 01384 356150

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