Volunteers are the most integral part of a Health & Social Walk. From offering a friendly welcome at the start of the walk, to providing a safe, supportive and welcoming space for participants of all abilities to enjoy low-level activity, to meet new people, make friends and enjoy paths, routes and greenspaces within their local area.
As a Volunteer you will also experience all the benefits of the walk from Physical Health to Social, Mental Wellbeing and personal development as a trained walk leader developing new skills.
A Health & Social Walk Leader isn’t the only role you can explore, the range of volunteer opportunities can include:
Health & Social Walk Leader – become a trained Walk Leader in your area to support the delivery of Health Walks
Health Walk Leader assistant – help the Walk Leader with some of the tasks on local walks
Route Planner & Checker – find, research and check new routes that are safe and suitable for your local Health Walk
Welcomer and Buddy – a more informal role which helps ensure all new participants to a Health Walk have someone to talk to on their first visit
Publicity Volunteer – put up posters, distribute leaflets and help with the promotion of your Health Walk to encourage new walkers to join
Before you become a Walk Leader you will be encouraged to join a walk and chat to other Volunteer Health Walk leaders before your training so that you have an idea of how it works on the ground.
Volunteer walk leaders receive on-going support from the Health Walk coordinator.