Volunteer to be a walk leader

Volunteer health walk leader role description

You could be a volunteer health walk leader if you:

  • Enjoy walking and the benefits associated with it
  • Are enthusiastic
  • Are a good planner/organiser
  • Enjoy meeting and motivating people
  • Comfortable with being assertive, to help keep the group together

The benefits of becoming a volunteer health walk leader:

  • Satisfaction in helping others to access and enjoy the benefits of walking
  • Receive a one day free health walk leader training course which includes:
    What is a health walk
    The benefits and barriers of exercise
    Components of a walking session
    Physical activity needs and special conditions
  • Leading a walk
  • Health and safety
  • Demonstration health walk
  • Support from the health walk co-ordinator in setting up, promoting and risk assessing routes
  • Resources to assist with health walks including fluorescent tabards, rucksack, first aid kit
  • Public liability insurance through Salford Community Leisure Ltd

Once a volunteer has completed the health walk leader training we would expect the leaders to:

  • Lead the walkers as demonstrated on the 'health walk leader training day'
  • Complete an appointed first aid certificate
  • Ensure safety of all participants on the walk
  • Spend at least 1 -1.5hrs per week leading a walk
  • Have a sound knowledge of their local area, which will help when researching walking routes within the area
  • Attend group meetings regarding the walks and volunteers' roles
  • Ensure any information from the health walks coordinator is circulated to all walkers
  • Assist the 'health walk coordinator' to promote the walk locally

“Since joining as a volunteer not only has my social circle evolved but my confidence in talking to people has grown tremendously”

For more information contact Jo Bennett, Active Lifestyles Development Officer on 0161 778 0559 or email jo.bennett@scll.co.uk.