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Guildford Walking For Health Group Needs New Volunteer Co-ordinator

Published on: 31 Jul, 2021
Updated on: 2 Aug, 2021

The Guildford Walking for Health group, which offers regular social and healthy walks in the local area that are enjoyed by many people, is in need of a new volunteer co-ordinator.

It is a well-run association with a committee, five group walk leaders, and 43 walk leaders, looking after 157 walkers.

It’s been said that walking is the nearest activity to the perfect exercise.

It is under the umbrella of the Ramblers, which has walk groups nationwide run by co-ordinators, group leaders and trained volunteer walk leaders, catering to more than 70,000 walkers.

The role of the co-ordinator for Guildford Walking for Health will be to oversee the smooth running of all the walk groups, promoting the walks, finding new volunteer walk leaders, and to be a member of its committee, organising quarterly meetings. Input in funding applications will be required.

It includes co-ordinating five walk groups offering half-hour, and one-hour walks, aimed at people recovering from illness, or people wanting to get a bit more active or form new friendships.

The co-ordinator supports walk group leaders and is the main contact for communications with the media, walkers and new volunteers and outside contacts.

Guildford Walking for Health says it is a home-based role, ideally in Guildford. The co-ordinator is expected to try and attend a health walk on a rotational basis. Walks start from Boxgrove Park, Shalford, Shere and Perry Hill and Whitmoor Common (both Worplesdon).

It adds that skills needed are: an interest in talking to and helping people. Being friendly, outgoing, a good organiser, good motivator, knowledge of using social media to promote the walks. An interest in the benefits of outdoor exercise, too.

Time commitment is three to five hours per week, depending how many walks are attended.

For more information and to apply for the role, click here to go via Voluntary Action South West Surrey’s Better Impact website.

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