Health Walk Leaders
About this job:
This health walking scheme is coordinated by The Countryside Management Service (CMS) and is a countywide programme of free, led walks. It aims to help promote walking and encourage more people (all ages, backgrounds and abilities) to get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits.
Hertfordshire Health Walks has around 180 volunteers leading over 35 walks a week in seven main areas: Dacorum, Watford & Three Rivers, St Albans, Harpenden & Villages, Hitchin & Letchworth, Bishop's Stortford and Hertsmere. We work in partnership with a variety of organisations throughout the county as well as forming part of the national campaign, Walking for Health (WfH). To find out more about health walks, watch the Walking for Health 'Guide to Health Walks' here.
The role of the Walk Leader involves the following things:
Attending a Health Walk Leader and basic First Aid training day
Committing to leading walks on a regular basis, as frequently as you wish - be it a few hours a week or a couple every month
Making walkers feel welcome and safe
Researching and planning routes, and being aware of possible alternative routes
Ensuring the necessary paperwork is kept up to date. For example, ensuring the Ready to Walk form and register is completed and uploaded online into the database or passed to the scheme coordinator
Turning up rain or shine when you have agreed to lead, or finding another leader to stand in if you are unable to attend
Enjoying the walks and trying to encourage the walkers to do the same!
When you enrol as a leader you will receive:
Health Walk Leader Training certified by the national health walks initiative, Walking for Health (WfH) and Emergency Life Support First Aid training (provided by Staying Alive). The training is free for all volunteers leading our walks.
A Health Walk Leader pack, which includes, a high visibility waistcoat, First Aid kit, whistle, backpack, handbook and Countryside Management Service Volunteer Policy
Insurance from WfH and Herts County Council
Support from your Countryside Management Service coordinator and fellow volunteers if you have any questions or encounter any problems
How to apply:
How to get started
1. Read all the information on the volunteer pages and if you like what you see, please register for the walks here
2. Give your local walk a try
3. If you liked the walk, introduce yourself to the volunteer leaders and have a chat about getting involved as a leader.
4. Get in touch with us for a chat and to book a place on a training course.
Not sure about leading but fancy helping out with the coordination of the walks? Click here for more information about opportunities.