Volunteer Walk Leaders

Surrey Heath's walking for health scheme wouldn't exist without our fantastic volunteer walk leaders. As a volunteer walk leader, you would be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get. As well as ensuring walks are friendly, safe and well run, walk leaders are also our ambassadors for walking, Surrey Heath and Walking for Health showing people that walking really can make a big difference to their lives.

As a walk leader you would be responsible for:-

Welcoming walkers to the walks, particularly new walkers.

Giving a brief talk before the walk to make sure everyone is prepared.

Making sure paperwork like registration forms and registers are completed.

Leading and managing walks.

Making sure walks are welcoming, friendly, enjoyable ad safe, following our best practice guidelines and the requirements of the scheme.

Trouble shooting and dealing with problems on walks, with the support of your scheme coordinator.

Our walk leaders love their roles and tell us fantastic stores about how much they enjoy helping others to get active and get walking. But in case that doesn't convince you, here are some of the other great benefits.

Full Training with a nationally recognised and well respected scheme.

Ongoing support and guidance from your scheme coordinator and walking for health.

Access to walking for health resources and equipment to help fulfil your role.

Opportunity to develop your leadership, people management and other skills.

Opportunity to meet new people including like minded volunteers.

Opportunity to discover ore of your local area and spend time outdoors.

Opportunity to be more physically active yourself.

What skills do I need?

The main skill we need from our volunteer walk leaders is clearly demonstrated enthusiasm for walking and it's benefits! in addition, we love our leaders to be:-

Friendly, welcoming and empowering with good communication skills.

Observant and sensitive to the needs of others.

Knowledgeable about the basics of the benefits of walking and physical activity.

Reliable, punctual, honest and well organised.

Able to work independently but with guidance and support.

Confident at speaking in front of small groups

Able to take control and be assertive when needed.

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Availability Details

Most walks last between 60-90 minutes. Other commitments which should be considered include time to walk routes before leading others on them (we support you with this), occasional meetings and refresher training. We ask you to try and be available to lead a walk once a month to every 6 weeks, but there is plenty of opportunity to lead more often than that should you wish. Walks generally take place on a Wednesday & Tuesday morning between 10am and 12 noon. Occasionally weekend walks are arranged if volunteers are avalable.

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