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Take the lead and volunteer with Walking for Health scheme

Organisers of the popular Walking for Health in Wolverhampton programme want to hear from friendly people who are interested in becoming volunteer walk leaders.

Walking for Health
Walking for Health

The City of Wolverhampton Council's Healthy Lifestyles team is currently recruiting volunteers to supervise one of the 40 plus free walks which take place in and around Wolverhampton every week.

The next volunteer walk leader training day takes place on Friday 1 September, 2017 and all are invited to find out more about this important role.

Volunteer walk leaders are asked to spare around 2 hours a week, and the role involves leading the walks and completing a small amount of paperwork. To help them, volunteers are given training and insurance and ongoing support.

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Our Walking for Health scheme is hugely successful and that is down, in no small part, to the fantastic volunteers who lead walks throughout Wolverhampton.

"We'd love to hear from anyone who would like to join our pool of volunteer walk leaders. We offer nationally accredited training, basic first aid and CPR training, equipment and ongoing support.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who is friendly and outgoing, enjoys walking and wants to help local people be more physically active. It also looks great on your CV."

To find out more about becoming a walk leader, and to book a place on the training day on 1 September, please call Janice Padilla-Fumero or Amrit Rani on 01902 553838.

Wolverhampton's Walking for Health programme was launched in 2001 to encourage people to take more exercise. There are now more than 40 walks in different areas of the city, ranging from half a mile to 3 miles long.

There are also heritage health walks with expert commentary on the Wolves in Wolves and focusing on the history of the local area, British Sign Language-led walks for people with hearing difficulties and toddle waddles for parents and babies.

To find out more about the Wolverhampton Walking for Health programme, please visit One You Wolverhampton and click 'Move More'.

  • released: Thursday 17 August, 2017