Do You Want to be a Walk Leader?

Do You Want to be a Walk Leader?

Our Walking for Health Scheme is a great way for local men and women to get active in their local community, on a weekly basis without it costing a penny!

These walks, which run up and down the country, couldn’t be done without the support and enthusiasm of our fantastic volunteer Walk Leaders.

Could you be our next Walk Leader?

Our volunteer Walk Leaders provide a friendly and welcoming environment, ensuring our walks are organised and run safely.

As a Walk Leader you would be an advocate for this great, free scheme, showing other people that walking really can make a big difference to their lives.

Each walk typically has a Walk Leader, with a ‘middle marker’ and ‘back marker’ to help along the route, so you will be sharing the walk with other people – helping to build the community spirit and make the walks as enjoyable as possible.

There is no cost for the training and support you'll receive for running your own walk. 

Contact Kerry our friendly Walk Co-ordinator. Call 01733 864738, email healthservices@vivacity-peterborough.com or complete the form opposite. 

What the role of Walk Leader covers

  • Getting to ‘know’ your walk well before hand
  • Welcoming new and existing members on to your local walk
  • Speaking to your group before every walk – to ensure everyone is comfortable, ready and prepared
  • Coordinating registration forms and completing the simple register
  • Leading and helping to manage the walks as Leader, ‘Middle Marker' or ‘Back Marker’
  • Trouble shooting and dealing with any 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 for the Walking for Health Scheme
  • Occasionally helping the Scheme Coordinator develop and risk assess new walking routes
  • Making sure walks are welcoming, friendly, enjoyable and safe and following our best practice guidelines of the scheme.

The kind of person we are looking for

  • Someone able to show enthusiasm for the Walking for Health Scheme and its benefits
  • A friendly, welcoming and confident person with good communication skills who can lead a group
  • Has a basic knowledge of the benefits of walking and physical activity who is sensitive to the needs of others
  • Reliable, punctual, honest and well-organised and able to take control and be assertive when needed
  • Able to work independently but with guidance and support

What you’ll be offered

  • Full training with a nationally-recognised and well-respected scheme
  • Access to specialist resources and equipment to help you fulfil your role
  • Ongoing support and guidance from your Scheme Coordinator
  • Opportunity to develop your leadership and people management skills
  • The chance to meet like-minded people in your local community and discover your local area in more depth
  • Time to be more physically active yourself and spend more time outdoors in a social environment.