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
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
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
- 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