East Riding health walk scheme see volunteers graduate as walk leaders

Wed, 12 Jun 2019

The next group of volunteers for East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Walking for Heath scheme have successfully completed their walk leaders training, held at East Riding Leisure Withernsea.

The course, provided by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s sport, play and arts service, offered the group the information and skills required to become a walk leader on the popular health walk scheme helping thousands of people across the country lead a more active lifestyle.

The group walks – which in the East Riding operate in 20 different locations, with 21 weekly walks offering 30 minute walks ranging up to two hours – are led by friendly, specially-trained volunteers and take place over easy terrain.

Laura Hutchinson, healthy lifestyles development officer at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Without the dedication of volunteers giving up their time to lead the walks, we would not be able to offer the number of walks that we do.

“They are the backbone of East Riding’s Walking for Health scheme and the volunteers ensure everyone is safe and enjoying themselves on the walks.”

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for tourism, culture and leisure, said: “Volunteering training such as this offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes and the community.

“The Walking for Health scheme can help reduce stress, combat depression, keep people mentally stimulated and provide a sense of purpose.

“The more people who volunteer for this scheme as walk leaders, the more benefits they will experience, but it doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of their busy day.”

The council is looking out for new volunteers to lead existing walks, and if people would like to organise a walk in their local East Riding town or village, please contact Laura Hutchinson by email at laura.hutchinson@eastriding.gov.uk or call (01482) 392527.

Alternatively, a programme of walks can be downloaded from www.walkingforhealth.org.uk