OPP OF THE DAY: Volunteer Walk Leaders @LetsgethealthyD

We couldn’t run our walks without our volunteers. Every day they’re supporting people to live happier, healthier lives through short group walks.

Our volunteer walk leaders are at the very heart of Walking for Health.

As a volunteer walk leader, you’ll be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get.

Our walk leaders love their roles and tell us great stories about how much they enjoy helping others to get active and get walking. Plus you’ll stay active, develop your leadership skills, get to know your local area and meet lots of new people.

What do walk leaders do?

During a walk, walk leaders are at the front, middle or back of a group – making sure everyone is safe and happy. They plan routes, support walkers and act as ambassadors for walking – showing people that walking really can make a big difference to their lives.

Do I get training?

Yes. You’ll receive a day’s training from a nationally recognised and well respected scheme, as well as refresher training every two to three years. You can find an outline of the training and what you’ll cover here.

You’ll also receive ongoing support and guidance from your local scheme coordinator and from the Walking for Health national team, and access to Walking for Health resources and equipment to help you fulfil your role.

What skills do I need?

The main skill we need from our volunteer walk leaders is an enthusiasm for walking and its benefits!

You don’t need any particular experience, but we love our leaders to be friendly and welcoming, with good communication skills; reliable, punctual and well organised; confident at speaking in front of small groups; able to take control and be assertive when needed and observant and sensitive to the needs of others.

How much time do I need to give?

Most of our walks are short, around an hour or less. Including travelling, preparation and paperwork, leading a single walk close to home typically takes around 2 and a half to 3 hours, plus recces, occasional meetings and refresher training. Typical schemes expect their leaders to attend at least one walk a month, depending on the programme and the numbers of leaders they have.

We offer our Health Walks across Dudley Borough – but are particularly seeking volunteers for the following areas

  • Coseley – Silver Jubilee
  • Netherton
  • Wordsley
  • Halesowen
  • Leasowes
  • Himley
  • Saltwells

Why not visit our page to see our walks programme 

https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/west-midlands/dudley-walking-programme

there are also lists for our summer programme of walks

For more info please contact:

Charlotte Fletcher
Senior Park Activator
Public Health, Dudley MBC

Office: 01384 816560
Mobile: 07980953508
Email: charlotte.fletcher@dudley.gov.uk

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