Life Walk Volunteers- Rear Escort

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What is Lifewalks?

Lifewalks is Epping Forest District Council’s walking for health scheme.  Our scheme is well run and genuinely improves people’s health and fitness.

 Lifewalks follow good practice and are supported by various groups.  Lifewalks is also highly rated so local GP’s, hospitals and dieticians often refer their patients to the scheme. Not all Lifewalkers have a medical problem though – most are already fit and healthy and simply want to stay that way.

 There are 5 led Lifewalks every week throughout the year on Mondays Tuesdays and Thursdays,  10am, Saturdays at 10am and Sundays at 10:00am The walks are all between 1-3 miles and are on paths with good surfaces. There are walks across the Epping Forest District mostly within the Lee Valley Park. 

 Everyone is encouraged to walk as though they are a bit late for an appointment – in other words, just a little bit faster than usual. As everyone’s normal walking speeds varies enormously - from 1mph to over 4mph - the group usually spreads out very quickly. But each person walks at a pace, which is right for them and is asked not to try and keep up with faster people in the group! You don’t need to be fit or able to walk fast to be a volunteer.

 There are 6 permanent part time paid leaders supported by a team of volunteers. There will be at least one of the permanent leaders on every walk. They usually act as the front leader and rear escort, with the volunteer leaders walking more in the middle of the group (because this is usually well spread out) but we currently really need

 Lifewalks volunteers can be a:

 “Meeter and greeter”

  • Mentor/
  • Middle leader
  • Front leader
  • Rear escort

  

What skills do I need?

Rear escort

The rear escort walks at the pace of the slowest person there that day. That may be very slow so you must be prepared - and able (can give some people backache) -  to just amble along with them. Rear escorts also need to be qualified in first aid.

Walkers at the back of the group are more likely to be new and/or have problems with walking (breathlessness, arthritis, asthma, post surgery or just plain scared that they are going to develop a problem). So the rear escort needs to have good “people skills” –the ability to motivate and encourage but without the walker feeling pressurised; knowing when to chat and when not to; the ability to make people believe their “problem” really is one that Lifewalks will help them either overcome or at least deal with better.



 

Details

  • Accessibility
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 26/05/2021

End Date: 28/07/2022

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Afternoon No No No No No No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

As a volunteer, you will be welcome however often you can come along to help. We do not ask that you come out on a set number of days, or on a particular day each week, but if you can commit to a regular day that is very helpful. We will simply be pleased to see you when you turn up!

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