Walking Group Assistant

Age UK South Gloucestershire
Closing Date: 
Monday, 21 August, 2023 - 22:15
Contract Type: 
Part Time
Approx 1hr+ per week
Details of Role: 

Older people can experience barriers that prevent them from engaging in local activities and hinder them from keeping active; this may be because of a significant life event like a bereavement or periods of ill health resulting in a lack of confidence. Age UK South Gloucestershire working in partnership with Wesport is looking at reducing these barriers through walking. Walking has amazing health benefits, is accessible and is a great way to reintroduce physical activity into daily life. Our short group walks are inclusive, flexible enough to adapt to older people's lives and abilities and act as a gateway to enjoying more regular physical activity. Group walks are appealing to people who have not taken part in exercise for some time, are nervous about walking alone or don't yet feel ready to join a Walking for Health programme, where the shortest walks are a mile long. This role would involve supporting our weekly walks by accompanying a group of clients on a route that has been planned and risk assessed by our staff team to talk with them and provide encouragement. This role may include acting as a buddy for new walkers to offer individualised support while they build their confidence and ability. Each walk lasts approximately one hour, and we aim for them to be accessible to all. Each walk is facilitated by a staff member (whose role is to plan the route, ensure safety and support participants)

How to Apply: 

For an informal conversation, please call the Volunteering team on 01454 411 707 or email volunteering@ageuksouthglos.org.uk for an application pack.

Contact Person: 
Amanda Sweetland
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
01454 411 707
Postal Address: 
Age UK South Gloucestershire 67 High Street Thornbury BS35 2AW