Become a volunteer Health Walk Leader
Do you enjoy walking? Do you have a few hours that you could spare? Would you like to lead a small walking group? If you answered yes to all the questions then we would love to hear from you!
Dartford Health Walk Leaders
We are keen to expand the Dartford Health Walk programme and we need committed volunteers who are willing to give up some of their time to help lead these walks. Whether that is on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis - it doesn't matter which - it all helps.
What does being a Health Walk Leader involve?
Each Health Walk has a Leader and a Back Marker, so you can choose whether you would like to lead the route or stay at the back and make sure no one gets left behind. Many people start off as Back Markers and then become Leaders as their confidence improves.
Health Walk Leaders need to make sure that everyone signs the register for each walk, and that new walkers complete the Health Questionnaire. During the walk they need to make sure that walkers are safe and happy. Health Walk Leaders can set up their own walks and choose their own routes or we can supply routes for you.
How do I become a Health Walk Leader?
To become a Health Walk Leader or Back Marker you must attend the Walking for Health (WfH) 1 day training course (6 hours), which we provide free of charge.
During the day you will:
- Learn about the benefits of and barriers to walking
- Understand the practical issues related to walking such as intensity, frequency, posture and clothing
- Find out about the structure of a Health Walk and how to lead a walking session
- Identify potential hazards you may face on a walk
If you would like become a Health Walk Leader then you can complete the Walking for Health Volunteer Walk Leader application form PDF, 168.26 KB and return it to the Healthy Lifestyles Co-ordinator, Dartford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1DR.
Alternatively if you would like anymore information about becoming a Health Walk Leader you can contact the Healthy Living Team on 01322 343067 or online: Contact the Healthy Living Team.