Walking for Health Volunteer

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Location: Kingston Borough, including Chessington, Tolworth, Surbiton and New Malden., Kingston , KT2 6QF (see map)

Travel: Fairfield Bus Station bus stop.

Start date: Ongoing

What will I be doing?

  • As a volunteer walk leader, you’ll be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get. As well as ensuring walks are friendly, safe and well run, walk leaders are also our ambassadors for walking, their scheme and Walking for Health - showing people that walking really can make a big difference to their lives.
  • Checking a route and familiarising yourself with it before leading the walk
    Welcoming walkers to the walks, particularly new walkers
    Giving a brief talk before the walk to make sure everyone is prepared
  • Leading and managing walks (usually with other walk leaders) – includes ‘back marking’ or ‘middle marking’ as well as leading at the front.
    Also making sure walks are welcoming, friendly, enjoyable and safe: following our best practice guidelines and the requirements of your scheme
  • Trouble-shooting and dealing with problems on walks, with the support of your scheme coordinator.
    Providing information about other walks offered by the scheme and basic information about how to keep active
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What impact will this have?

  • Princess Alice Hospice provides free, high quality, specialist end of life care to thousands of people with life limiting illnesses in South West London, Middlesex and a large part of Surrey each year
  • In order to provide the high level of care and support to our patients and their families we rely on our local community to generate approximately 78% of our income through fundraising, retail, donations and legacies. Our compassionate support, comfort and advice help families, carers and friends during their loved one's illness and through the process of grief and loss.
  • Volunteers will be helping people in the community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get

When are you needed?

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Commitment

  • Few hours per day, once a week. Depends on walking route length.

What else do I need to know?

  • Benefits
    • Full training with a nationally recognized and well-respected scheme
    • Ongoing support and guidance from your scheme coordinator and Walking for Health
    • Access to Walking for Health resources and equipment to help you fulfil your role
    • Opportunity to develop your leadership, people management and other skills
    • 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

Background checks

  • A DBS check is required

About the organisation:

Additional Information

What skills will be useful?
  • Interpersonal
  • Coaching
  • Listening
  • Team working
  • Leadership
  • • Knowledgeable about the basics of the benefits of walking and physical activity
What skills can I gain?
  • Charity
  • Interpersonal
  • Coaching
  • Listening
  • Team working
  • Leadership
  • Leadership
  • Organising
  • Practical
  • Outdoor work

Training

  • Full training and induction with a nationally recognised and well respected scheme
  • Ongoing support and guidance from your scheme coordinator and Walking for Health and PAH
  • Group Induction and Excellence in Volunteering training.

Location

Kingston Borough, including Chessington, Tolworth, Surbiton and New Malden., Kingston , KT2 6QF

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