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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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