Training- Become a local NHS Health Walk Leader

Walk Leader training

Training application form SEPT16

The Volunteer Walk Leader training is a one-day course for anyone willing and able to lead health walks in the community. It is designed by Walking for Health and delivered by local trainers.  It is a day of practical advice and includes practice in leading a walk and information on keeping people motivated.

We ask that you try to go on at least one health walk before the training day.

1. Walk Leader’s roles are:

  • To lead safe and enjoyable walking sessions for people of all ages and
  • abilities
  • To promote the health benefits of walking and motivate people to take up
  • walking as a form of physical recreation.


2. At the end of the day we aim that you:

  • Can organise and lead a walking session
  • Know the role of the leader at the start, during and at the end of a Health
  • Walk
  • Can recognise potential safety hazards
  • Can advise on practical issues such as intensity, frequency, posture and clothing
  • Have gained the confidence and knowledge need to lead a health walk and complete the required paperwork

3. What to bring

You will get a training manual but please bring a pen/pencil and paper.

The training will involve some practical, enjoyable activity sessions and we will go on a demonstration Health Walk. Please wear suitable shoes and loose, comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the weather!

You will need to go to an existing Health Walk to shadow an experienced walk leader then lead a walk with supervision. After this you will get your certificate that states you are a qualified Walking for Health walk leader.


Jenny Budd -Lewisham Healthy Walks Co-ordinator

Community Health Improvement Service



TEL 0203 049 3485


VWL training flier Sept16-page-001

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