Walk leader volunteer recruitment.
We are currently looking for walk leaders in the Helensburgh area to lead gentle health walks.
Why do we need you?
We are looking for volunteers to lead our Move More walking groups for people affected by cancer and other long term health conditions. Taking part in physical activity before, during and after cancer treatment can help people take back control. Lots of people say it helps them feel more like their old self. It also has lots of health benefits. It can help prevent and manage some of the effects of treatment, such as fatigue, depression and risks to heart health.
Macmillan cancer support is working with LiveArgyll to support people affected by cancer to take the first steps to becoming more active. By volunteering as a walking group leader you will be able to make a real difference, offering support and motivation to people within your community.
What do walk leaders do?
During a walk, walk leaders are at the front, middle or back of a group – making sure everyone is safe and happy. They plan routes, support walkers and act as ambassadors for walking – showing people that walking really can make a big difference to their lives.
Do I get training?
Yes. You’ll receive a day’s training from paths for all, a nationally recognised charity for health walking. The training will take place on 22nd August in Garelochead
You’ll also receive ongoing support and guidance from our Volunteer Coordinator and have access to Walking for Health resources and equipment to help you fulfil your role.
What skills do I need?
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, with good communication skills; reliable and well organised; confident at speaking in front of small groups; able to take control and be assertive when needed and observant and sensitive to the needs of others.
How much time do I need to give?
Our walks are short, around an hour or less. We would expect leaders to attend at least one walk a month, depending on the programme and the numbers of leaders we have.