Volunteer as a Health Walk Leader to make new friends, give back to your community and help others get active and reap the health and wellbeing benefits walking has to offer.
What you'll be doing
- Leading walks between 10-90 minutes as frequently as you wish
- Making walkers feel welcome and safe
- Researching and planning routes, and being aware of possible alternative routes
- Ensuring the necessary simple paperwork is completed and kept up to date
- Turning up rain or shine when you have agreed to lead, or finding another leader to stand in if you are unable to attend
- There are also opportunities for Health Walk volunteers to support the scheme with administration, publicity and community engagement
- Enjoying the walks and encouraging the walkers to do the same
Skills and experience
Previous experience isn't necessary as leaders get training before starting their role. New leaders will be paired up with those who are more experienced and given time to learn the existing routes.
How much time you need to give
There is no expectation of time commitment - you can volunteer as little as an hour per month, or more frequently, up to several hours per week. There are many different walks throughout the week including weekends and summer evening walks.
Where you'll be located
Hertfordshire Health Walks are in many areas across the county. The district council areas with walks include Dacorum, Watford, Three Rivers, St Albans, Hertsmere, North Herts, Welwyn Hatfield and East Herts. Administration volunteers can be supported to work from home, or at the CMS office.
What you'll gain from the role
Leading a Health Walk will give you the opportunity to keep fit, meet new people and get out in the fresh air. You'll also be helping us to get more people out enjoying the countryside and keeping active.
Area groups also arrange ad hoc social events, ranging from barbecues to pub lunches and special guided walks.
Support you'll be given
- All walk leaders start by attending a free one-day Health Walk Leader Training course certified by the national Walking for Health Initiative and are offered basic First Aid training
- A Health Walk leader backpack, clipboard and high-vis
- Support from your CMS coordinator and fellow volunteers
You can claim travel expenses to and from training days if you are using public transport or your own vehicle.
If you're already a Health Walk Leader, find the resources you need including new walker forms, registers and risk assessment templates.
Visit our Facebook page, call 01992 588433 or email us for more information on Health Walks and volunteering.