Opportunity Details


Organisation: General     Date Posted: 25/08/2021

Opportunity: Walk Lead Volunteer

Opportunity Code: VH104-10174

Closing Date to Apply: -

As a volunteer walk leader you will be providing support and a listening ear, as well as providing an inclusive, safe, friendly and welcoming environment. You will play an integral part in supporting members of the community to become active but will also facilitate peer support amongst members of your groups. You may also run 1-1 sessions for those who are unable to attend group sessions.

1.Peer support – members keeping in touch with each other outside of the group and supporting each other

2.Confidence building – members who regularly attend sessions report feeling more confident in their communication and in meeting new people

3.Reducing anxiety – members who attend for the first time are often nervous. They report feeling welcomed and quickly being able to relax in the group or 1-1 session.

4.Increased physical activity – members are encouraged to continue physical activity outside of the groups and they report finding it easier to continue with, and try other activities

• Deciding on a meeting place which allows for a few
different routes
• Familiarising yourself with the routes and their
suitability for different attendees (considering terrain,
accessibility, mobility issues etc)
• Carrying out a Risk Assessment of the route before starting
the group (with support)
• Welcoming walkers to the walk, paying particular attention
to new walkers to ensure they feel comfortable
• Brief introduction – advise the group of the route, check
everyone OK with the route, advise of any underfoot
conditions (if necessary), ensure everyone is suitably
dressed with suitable footwear, requirement to be within
sight of the leader at all times etc
• Leading and managing the walks (sometimes with support from
other Volunteers) ensuring everyone is in sight and that
you spend time with new walkers
• Advising the group they are available for a one-to-one chat
after the walk if anyone feels they’d like to talk
• Encouraging people to attend the walk again and to continue
their physical activity in between walks
• Ensuring, if there are any Health and Safety or other
concerns during a walk, that they are highlighted as soon
as practicable to the Volunteer Manager.
• Informing group members of other services available from
Red Balloons and Partner Organisations
• Attending relevant meetings and/or training provided by the
• Ensuring that if you are unable to run a scheduled walk
that you let the Volunteer Manager know as soon as possible
to enable a replacement to be organised.

Time needed from Volunteer:
To be discussed with organisation on initial induction meeting.

Skills Experience & Qualifications:
• A friendly, approachable manner A desire to support people
and a mindset in line with the organisation’s mission
• An appreciation of how physical activity can support
mental and physical wellbeing
• Active listening skills
• Tact and diplomacy (the ability to respect others’ points
of view even if you strongly disagree)
• Punctual and organised
• Ability to lead a small group (with support)

Training provided from the organisation;

• Induction training (either group or 1-1) including Health
and Safety, Safeguarding etc
• Walk Leader Training

Further training when funding allows (emergency first aid, peer support training, mental health awareness etc)
• Full support and guidance at all times
• The opportunity to meet and gain support from other
• Leadership and Management Skills
• Increased confidence
• Access to further opportunities as they arise with the

Recruitment process:-
• Application Form
• Initial chat via phone
• Meeting with Volunteer and Project Manager
• Attendance at local Group Sessions
• Safeguarding Training and Walk Leader Training
• DBS (Basic)

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