Volunteer Walk Leaders - Hackney & Tower Hamlets (Training 5th May 2022)


Activities: Outdoors

Starts: 5 May 2022 to 5 May 2023

Closing Date: 5 May 2023

1 Warehouse, West India Quay, No, Hertsmere Rd, London E14 4AL

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What's involved?

The next training session is happening on Thursday 5th May 10.30am – 2.30pm (including lunch). Location: Museum of London Docklands - Museum of London Docklands

1 Warehouse, West India Quay, No, Hertsmere Rd, London E14 4AL

· Full training and an induction will be provided · Ongoing support and guidance · Access to resources and equipment to help you fulfil your role · The opportunity to meet, chat and share with other walk volunteers.

As a volunteer walk leader, you will 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, and well run, walk leaders are also our ambassadors for walking, showing people that walking really can make a big difference to their lives. As a walk leader, you might be responsible for any combination of the following tasks: · Checking a route and familiarising yourself with it before leading the walk · Welcoming participants to the walks, particularly new walkers · Giving a brief talk before the walk to make sure everyone is prepared. · Making sure the registration forms and registers are completed. · Leading and managing walks (usually with other walk leaders) – includes ‘back marking’ or ‘middle marking’ as well as leading at the front. · Making sure walks are welcoming, friendly, enjoyable and safe: following our best practice guidelines. · Trouble-shooting and dealing with problems on walks, with the support of your scheme coordinator. · Providing information about other walks offered by the Trust and basic information about how to keep active. · Attending occasional walk leaders’ meetings and refresher training · Staying in touch with the latest news and guidance from the Trust. In addition, you could also be asked to help develop and risk-assess new walking routes. Further to the time commitment of leading walks, please also note that you will need to allocate a small amount of additional time to recceing the walk, travelling to and from the walk, and completely any necessary paperwork.

What's in it for you?

Our walk leaders love their roles and tell us fantastic stories about how much they enjoy helping others to get active and get walking.

But in case that doesn't convince you, here are some of the other great benefits: · Full training will be offered · Ongoing support and guidance · Access to 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

What skills are we looking for?

The main skill we need from our volunteer walk leaders is clearly demonstrated enthusiasm for walking and its benefits! In addition, we love our leaders to be: · Friendly, welcoming and empowering with 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, honest and well-organised · Able to work independently but with guidance and support · Confident at speaking in front of small groups · Able to take control and be assertive when needed

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