Being a Volunteer Healthwalk Leader
Our Volunteer Healthwalk Leaders are vital to Brighton & Hove Healthwalks and the project could not provide its service without them. There are 60 regular Healthwalk Leaders, and as a team they give over 4,000 hours of their time each year to making our walks happen. They are supported by a dedicated Co-ordinator and meet regularly for socials and events and can access free training such as First Aid and Mental Health Awareness. Being a Healthwalk Leader is also a very rewarding way to volunteer as Jane Hawkins tells us:
"What makes Healthwalks special to me is the reward of seeing the walkers that I help, many of whom have been struck by some of life's bitterest blows, blossom and gain in confidence and self-esteem, and well as becoming healthier and fitter. Their personal stories and their courage and cheerfulness never cease to amaze me. Healthwalks can't cure everything, but they sure as heck make people happier, healthier and better able to cope!”
Free Healthwalk Leader Training Day
If you would like to become a Volunteer Healthwalk Leader you can attend a day's free training that is recognised by the British Heart Foundation and endorsed by the Register of Exercise Professionals. This training will teach you all you need to know about leading walk groups including Health & Safety, the benefits of exercise and motivating people. See our Volunteer Walk Leader Training Page to apply online.
There are also other opportunities such as joining our walk volunteers management team by being Secretary/Treasurer/Chair of their independently constituted group and helping to manage budgets. Being a walk researcher: individually or as part of a group - by researching and assess new Healthwalk routes; helping us with various promotional activities and events as a publicity assistant; or helping us with admin duties at the Healthwalk Office.