Take the lead and volunteer with Walking for Health scheme

Take the lead and volunteer with Walking for Health scheme

Organisers of Wolverhampton's popular Walking for Health programme want to hear from sociable people who are interested in becoming volunteer leaders.

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Organisers of Wolverhampton’s popular Walking for Health programme want to hear from sociable people who are interested in becoming volunteer leaders.

The City of Wolverhampton Council’s Healthy Lifestyles team is currently recruiting volunteers for the important role of walk leaders, responsible for supervising one of the 40-plus free walks which take place in and around Wolverhampton every week.

Volunteers are asked to spare around two hours a week, and the role involves leading the walks as well as risk assessing routes and completing a small number of administrative tasks. To help them, volunteers are given training and insurance and ongoing support.

Ros Jervis, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Director for Public Health, said: “Our Walking for Health scheme is hugely successful, and that is down to the legion of fantastic volunteers who lead walks throughout Wolverhampton.

“We’d love to hear from anyone who would like to join our pool of volunteer walk leaders. We offer nationally-accredited training, basic first aid and CPR training, equipment and ongoing support.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who is friendly and outgoing, enjoys walking and wants to help local people be more physically active, and it also looks great on your CV.”

To find out more about becoming a walk leader, please call Janice Padilla-Fumero or Amrit Rani on 01902 553838. The next volunteer walk leader training day takes place on Friday 9 June, 2017.

The Walking for Health programme was launched in 2001 to encourage people to take more exercise. There are over 40 walks in different areas of the city, ranging from half a mile to three miles long.

There are also heritage health walks with expert commentary on the history of the local area, British Sign Language-led walks for people with hearing difficulties and toddle waddles for parents and babies.

For more information about becoming a walk leader, please call Janice Padilla-Fumero or Amrit Rani on 01902 553838.