If you are keen to support and inspire others to get active through walking then becoming a volunteer walk leader with East Surrey Walking for Health could be just the role for you. You’ll be helping people in your community to get active and healthy; providing vital support that they otherwise might not get. You bring your qualities and we’ll get you trained.

This role comes with help and support, plus you'll stay active, develop your leadership skills, get to know your local area and meet lots of new people.

Volunteering with us offers a degree of flexibility so if you like to walk, and have some time to spare, we would love to hear from you.

Our 30 – 90 minute Health Walks operate 5 days a week across East Surrey. In the walk leading role you will, along with other leaders, guide our walkers  on risk assessed routes, keeping the group together and safe. The volunteers are expected to turn up ahead of the walkers, take a register and hand out registration forms to new walkers. Training, induction and ongoing support is provided.

Since returning post lockdown, East Surrey Walking for Health is currently offering 13 walks: weekly, twice monthly or once a month. They start from locations in Reigate, Redhill, Earlswood, Horley, Lingfield, Limpsfield Chart, Caterham, Banstead and Tadworth.  We operate from YMCA East Surrey, Sports & Community Centre, Princes Road, Redhill. RH1 6JJ. This is where the coordinator is based and where Volunteer meetings take place.

What skills do I need?

We are looking for people who:

In order to lead walks you would ideally possess the following characteristics, skills and qualities which are particularly valuable as a Walk Leader:

There are a number of ways in which volunteers can lead. We can work with you to negotiate hours available.

  • Disability
  • Fitness and Sport
  • Mental Health
  • No specific activites


When can I volunteer?

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Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Afternoon No No No No No No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

The majority of our walks operate during the morning, typically around 10:30/11:00 and can last somewhere between 30 & 90 minutes. We also offer some ‘progression’ walks which are longer. We would expect volunteers to arrive in good time to greet walkers and take registers. Some of our walks run weekly, others once or twice monthly. On the day of a walk, the volunteer would spend around 2 hours volunteering. Some volunteers risk assess the routes. Some submit their registers to the Walking for Health database which might take between 10-20 minutes, depending on the number of walkers. However, this is optional. We also hold volunteer meetings with refreshments twice a year to coincide with the production of the new walks programme.

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