Seeking Volunteer Walk Leaders for Ponteland area

Volunteer walk leaders are being sought by Active Northumberland to plan, lead and support weekly health walks that are to be introduced in the Ponteland area next spring.

An informal meeting is to take place at 10am on Tuesday 15th January at Ponteland Leisure Centre any anyone who is interested in volunteering or finding out more about the walks is encouraged to come along.

As a volunteer walk leader, you’ll be helping people in your community to get active and healthy and be on hand to provide encouragement and support and help people enjoy the many benefits that regular walking brings. You’ll  develop your leadership skills, get to know your local area and meet lots of new people while staying fit and active yourself.

Lorraine Oliver, West Northumberland Health Walks Co-ordinator for Active Northumberland said:

“Leaders walk at the front, middle or back of a group - making sure everyone is safe and happy.

“ You don't need any particular experience, as we’ll give some short training,  but we love our leaders to be friendly and welcoming, reliable, punctual and sensitive to the needs of others.The main skill we need from our volunteer walk leaders is an enthusiasm for walking and its benefits.”

Local resident Gordon Allan said:  "Going for regular walks is one of the best and easiest things you can do for your physical and mental health and it is great that there are plans in place to offer regular short weekly walks in and around Ponteland.”

For more information about the Health Walks Scheme please contact Loraine Oliver on 01670  622368, or email loliver@activenorthumberland.org.uk or visit the website https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk

10 Dec 2018