Become a Walk Leader

Walking for Health accredited scheme

Stafford Walk Wise wouldn't exist without our fantastic volunteer walk leaders, who lead health walks. 

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 showing people that walking really can make a big difference to
their lives.

Walking for Health Sponsors

Role responsibilities

As a walk leader, you would be responsible for:

  • Walking health walk routes beforehand (“recce-ing”) to make sure you know them.
  • 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 walks, usually jointly with other walk leaders (including “back marking" or “middle marking” as well as leading at the front).
  • Making sure walks are welcoming, friendly, enjoyable and safe.
  • Trouble shooting and dealing with problems on walks, with the support of your scheme coordinator.
  • Providing information about other walks offered by the scheme and basic information about how to keep active.
  • Attending occasional walk leaders’ meetings and refresher training.

Skills needed

The main skill we need from our volunteer walk leaders is clearly demonstrated enthusiasm for walking and its benefits!  In addition, we love our leaders to be: 

Friendly and welcoming 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 and punctual.
  • Able to work independently but with guidance and support
  • Confident at speaking in front of small groups

The benefits

Our walk leaders love their roles and tell us fantastic stories 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 you 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 more of your local area and spend time in the outdoors.
  • Opportunity to be more physically active yourself.

Training Dates

The next walk leader training day will be taking place in the New Year.

If you would like to become a volunteer walk leader, then please contact the scheme coordinator Richard Upton at walking@staffordbc.gov.uk.

To find out more about how you can gain a nationally recognised qualification in walk leading or express interest in attending the next training session please call Richard Upton on 01785 619675 or email walking@staffordbc.gov.uk.  

Contact
Tel: 01785 619675
Email: walking@staffordbc.gov.uk Richard Upton
Walking for Health Co-ordinator
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