Befriending - Walking Group leaders and assistant’s roles
Volunteer Centre Sutton
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Sutton Befrienders are planning to set up some new sociable walking groups across the Borough of Sutton and are looking for volunteers to become walk leaders or assistants. As a volunteer you will be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, reducing isolation and loneliness’ providing vital support that they otherwise might not get, you will be showing people that walking really can make a big difference to their lives.
The proposed locations for the new walks are:
Nonsuch Park/Cheam Park
Rosehill Park West
Each location has parking or nearby bus stops, toilets and café’s.
As a walk leader/assistant, you’ll receive a day’s training from a nationally recognised and well-respected scheme, you’ll also receive ongoing support and guidance from your local coordinator and from the Walking for Health national team.
The Volunteer Centre Sutton, 31 West Street, Sutton
Bus; 80 151 164 213 280 407 413 420 470 613 820 S1 S3 S4
Admin,Managing People,Organising & Planning
The main skill we need from our volunteer walk leaders/assistants’ is enthusiasm for walking and its benefits! In addition, we love our volunteers to be:
Friendly, welcoming and have good communication skills
Observant and sensitive to the needs of others
Knowledgeable about the basics of the benefits of walking and physical activity
Reliable, punctual and well-organised
Able to act independently but with guidance and support
Confident at speaking in front of small groups
Able to take control and be assertive when needed
Here are some of the great benefits you will receive:
As a Walk Leader, you would be responsible for a combination of tasks:
Checking a route and familiarising yourself with it before leading the walk
Welcoming walkers to the walks, particularly new walkers, make sure everyone is prepared
Making sure paperwork like registration forms and registers are completed
Leading and managing walks (usually with other walk leaders or assistants)
Deal with issues on walks, with the support of your coordinator.
Attending occasional walk leaders’ meetings and refresher training
You could also be asked to help support your coordinator by developing and risk-assessing new walking routes.
If you'd like to help on the walks, but don't want to become a walk leader taking on a walk assistant role could be for you! Particularly on larger walks, it can be great for walk leaders to have a helping hand, and for walkers to have an extra person to talk to when they're out and about.
As a walk assistant your responsibilities can vary from walk to walk, but some typical activities include:
You could be help to welcome walkers to the group
Assist with registration forms
Being the ‘back marker’ – staying at the back of the group to make sure no one gets left behind
Accompanying walkers to make sure they get the support and encouragement they need
Some of the great benefits you will receive:
Ongoing support and guidance
Opportunity to meet new people including like-minded volunteers
Opportunity to discover more of your local area and spend time in the outdoors
Opportunity to be more physically active yourself
Sport & Coaching,Support Work,Befriending, Buddying & Mentoring,Community Work
We welcome and/or have the resources to support: