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People in Public health. Stella Goddard, Natural England’s Healthy Walking Project Manager. Volunteers, why do we involve them?. Reach: it increases the number of schemes we can support Sustainability: schemes can have a longer life with volunteers involved

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People in public health

People in Public health

Stella Goddard, Natural England’s Healthy Walking Project Manager


Volunteers why do we involve them

Volunteers, why do we involve them?

  • Reach: it increases the number of schemes we can support

  • Sustainability: schemes can have a longer life with volunteers involved

  • Influence: target audiences recognize volunteers as being like them and trust them

  • Logistics: it’s the only realistic way to be able to support so many walks and walkers


Advantages to the programme

Advantages to the Programme

  • Volunteers can become walking champions

  • Volunteers can mentor participants

  • Volunteers can root the scheme in their community

  • Volunteers make the walks possible

  • Volunteers make the walks sociable and enjoyable

  • Volunteers make volunteers feel safe on the walk


Advantages to participants

Advantages to Participants

  • Participants have a friend to show them where to walk

  • The walk will be safe, enjoyable and friendly

  • The walk will be local, regular and accessible

  • The walk will be non-threatening

  • The walk will not feel medicalised

  • The walk will feel like a social activity

  • The walk will feel like their walk


Advantages to walk leaders

Advantages to Walk leaders

  • It is an opportunity to progress as a walker

  • It is a way to sustain something they like doing

  • It is a way to champion something they enjoy

  • It is a chance to be part of something

  • It is a way to help their community


Needs of volunteers

Needs of Volunteers

  • To know what is expected of them

  • To know who can help them

  • To know how to do it

  • To have the equipment to do it

  • To feel valued

  • To be protected

  • To have their costs reimbursed


Support whi offers volunteers

Support WHI offers volunteers

  • Walk leader training

  • Public liability Insurance

  • Advice

  • Materials

  • Networks

  • Website

  • E/paper newsletter

  • Reward events


Numbers involved

Numbers involved

  • 33,900 walk leaders trained

  • About 2/3 active at any time

  • 327


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