If you are keen to support and inspire others to get active through walking then becoming a volunteer walk leader with Ramblers Wellbeing Walks could be just the role for you. You’ll be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get. You bring your qualities and we’ll get you trained.
This role comes with help and support, plus you'll stay active, develop your leadership skills, get to know your local area and meet lots of new people. Volunteering with us offers a degree of flexibility. So if you like to walk and have some time to spare, we would love to hear from you.
Our 30 – 90 minute Wellbeing Walks operate 5 days a week across East Surrey. In the walk leading role you will, along with other leaders, guide our walkers on risk assessed routes, keeping the group together and safe. The volunteers turn up ahead of the walkers, take a register and hand out registration forms to new walkers.
Risk assessments must be completed either every six months or when seasonal changes create new hazards. Training, induction and ongoing support is provided.
What skills do I need?
- Can comfortably walk for 30-minutes at the least and 90-minutes at the most
- Able to recall routes and lead walkers safely
- Can complete a short risk assessment
- Can be friendly and sociable
- Willing to submit walk registers onto Ramblers Wellbeing Walks app
Ramblers Wellbeing Walks
- Fitness and Sport
- Community Support
Will need to have time and commitment to lead a walk every week, or twice a month. On some walks, where there are several leaders, a rota is set up by the leaders themselves to share responsibility.
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
This can be arranged if requested.
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
The coordinator provides continual support when required.
- Training provided
Half day training course.. Other training occasionally offered such as Mental Health or First Aid.
- Volunteer induction
Volunteers will be expected to complete a short Ramblers Wellbeing Walk e-learning (online) session, and take part in a Wellbeing Walk prior to attending a training course. Volunteers with no means of accessing the e-learning programme will still be considered if they can commit otherwise.
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
Can be provided
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 03/08/2022
End Date: 31/08/2023
Potential volunteers will be recruited to lead on one of our 20 walks in Reigate & Banstead and Tandridge. The walks take place Monday - Friday, mostly mornings and some afternoons. The walks are anything between 30-minutes up to 90-minutes. Volunteers can discuss which walk suits their availability - and the area in which they live. For example, a volunteer might choose to lead on a morning walk in Tandridge, or an afternoon walk in Reigate & Banstead - or both. There is also an option to lead on more than one walk on different days. Some walks operate every week, some twice a month and one walk operates once a month. This is an ongoing role with no specific end date.
Ramblers Wellbeing Walks YMCA East Surrey
YMCA Sports & Community Centre
Long Ditton Youth Club (CSVA)
Surrey Libraries (CSVA)
Sport in Mind (VSNS)