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Volunteer as a walk leader

If you love our Heart and Soul walks, why not volunteer as one of our walk leaders?

Volunteer as a walk leader

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Without our volunteer walk leaders, the Heart and Sole programme would not be possible.

The main skill we need from our volunteer walk leaders is an enthusiasm for walking and its benefits. 

You don't need any particular experience, but we love our leaders to:

  • be friendly and welcoming
  • have good communication skills
  • be reliable, punctual and well organised
  • be confident at speaking in front of small groups
  • be able to take control 
  • be assertive when needed 
  • be observant and sensitive to the needs of others 

What's my role as a walk leader?

Our walk leaders act as either a front leader, a middle marker or back marker during the walks. They make sure that everyone is on route, and comfortable with the pace.

As a walk leader, you will need to:

  • attend any walk prior to training so we can meet you to find out about you and you can find out about the scheme
  • complete one day walk leader training course
  • shadow a lead walker during a walk
  • complete and return the paperwork for the walks you are involved with
  • encourage and motivate walkers to attend regularly
  • adhere to the health and safety guidelines and safeguarding measures
  • attend quarterly walk leader meetings at the Civic Centre 

How do I become a walk leader?

If you are interested in volunteering as a walk leader, you can contact us at Community Sport and Wellbeing.

You will need to attend training before you can lead one of our walks.

The next walk leader courses are on 23 April 2020 and 10 September 2020 at the Civic Centre, Chelmsford, CM1 1JE.

Essential information

  • You can volunteer once a month, or more frequently if you want to.
  • All walks are no longer than 90 minutes. 
  • You will need to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the walk to register walkers. 
  • You will also need to be available at the end of the walk to answer questions and encourage socialising.
  • You will receive support as a walk leader, but we do not cover any expenses. 

Suitable for

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