OPP OF THE DAY: Walk Leaders, Age UK Dudley

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


– 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
Tel: 01384 356150

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