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Boscombe Wellbeing Walks Leader for BCP Council

This opportunity takes place between 25 Mar 2021 and 30 Apr 2021. Closing date for applications is 30 Apr.

Walking for Health wouldn't exist without our fantastic volunteer walk leaders, who lead health walks taking place around the country. As a volunteer walk leader, you’ll be helping people in the Boscombe 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 ambassadors for walking, their scheme and Walking for Health - showing people that walking really can make a big difference to their lives.

As a walk leader you will be responsible for a combination of any of the following tasks:-

  •  Checking a route and familiarising yourself with it before leading the walk

  • 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 (usually with other walk leaders) – includes ‘back marking’ or ‘middle

    marking’ as well as leading at the front

  • Making sure walks are welcoming, friendly, enjoyable and safe: following our best practice guidelines and the requirements of your scheme

  • 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

  • Staying in touch with the latest news and guidance from your scheme and Walking for Health

In addition, depending on how your scheme is run, you could also be asked to help your scheme coordinator develop and risk-assess new walking routes.

Further to the time commitment of leading walks, please also note that you will need to allocate a small amount of

additional time to recceing the walk, travelling to and from the walk, and completely any necessary paperwork.

Benefits to self

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

Benefits to others

You’ll be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get.


Churchill Gardens & Boscombe Chine

Training available

Full training and induction 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

Hours per week


Fund-raising targets

  • Areas of InterestAnthropology/Geography, Environmental and Conservation, Health and Social Care, Mental Health, People, Sport and Coaching, Wellbeing, Outdoor Activities, Physical Activity
  • Skills I Offer/Wish to DevelopBeach/Waterside Activities, Buddying, Counselling, Mentoring, Caring, Communication and Chatting, Events and Stewarding, General Help, Leadership, Organising, Outdoor Activities, Physical Activity, Raising Aspirations, Teaching, Coaching and Training
  • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
  • Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-being, Life on Land, Sustainable Cities and Communities

Employability skills

  • Leadership 0
  • Community Action 0
  • Communication 0
  • Interpersonal 0