Thinking of becoming a health walk leader?

If you enjoy walking and the benefits associated with it, are enthusiastic, are a good planner/organiser, enjoys meeting and motivating people and comfortable with being assertive, to help keep the group together then becoming a walk leader could be for you!

The benefits of becoming a volunteer health walk leader are:

  • Satisfaction in helping others to access and enjoy the benefits of walking
  • Receive a one day free health walk leader training course which includes:
    • What is a health walk
    • The benefits and barriers of exercise
    • Components of a walking session
    • Physical activity needs and special conditions
  • Leading a walk
  • Health and safety
  • Demonstration health walk
  • Support from the health walk coordinator in setting up, promoting and risk assessing routes
  • Resources to assist with health walks including fluorescent tabards, rucksack and first aid kit
  • Public liability insurance through Salford Community Leisure

Once a volunteer has completed the health walk leader training, we would expect leaders to:

  • Lead the walkers as demonstrated on the training day
  • Complete an appointed first aid certificate
  • Ensure safety of all participants on the walk
  • Spent at least 1 – 1.5hrs per week leading a walk
  • Have a sound knowledge of their local area, which will help when researching walking routes within the area
  • Attend group meetings regarding the walks and volunteers’ roles
  • Ensure any information from the health walks coordinator is circulated to all walkers
  • Assist the health walk coordinator to promote the walk locally

For more information please contact Jo Bennett, Active Lifestyles Development Officer on 0161 778 0559 or email jo.bennett@scll.co.uk.