Step out Sheffield

Volunteering Opportunities

If you have good people skills and enjoy the great outdoors, you might like to help our award-winning scheme by training to become a volunteer walk leader.

Helping other volunteer walk leaders deliver a health walk provides a great opportunity to enjoy the best of Sheffield's green spaces whilst helping to keep the walkers safe and making sure they are integrating socially.

If you are able to support a particular walk on a reasonably regular basis, you will enjoy the benefits that come from widening your social network and making friends with other volunteers and with walkers. The social side of these walks is extremely important, and we like to encourage a bit of banter before, during and after the walk.

To become a registered Ramblers Walking for Health volunteer walk leader you need to attend a one-day training course. However, before you can get a place on one of our training courses we'd like you to attend at least one of our walks and get your application form signed by one of the leaders. We ask you to do this because health walks are unlike rambles or other long walks that run occasionally. Health walks are regular weekly events that last for only an hour, often less. Some people who enjoy walking and can comfortably complete a four-hour hike in Derbyshire might like the idea of volunteering on a weekly health walk but when they attend the walk they find the pace uncomfortably slow or the distances travelled rather restrictive.

As our walks become more and more popular, Step out Sheffield needs more leaders to keep the walkers safe. Also, we would very much like to expand our programme so that people in all corners of the city can access a health walk in their own locality.

Our volunteers enjoy a quarterly programme of events, and access to other training opportunities. We also provide a logo’d fleece and a hi viz jacket. There is no upper age limit for volunteers and if you are not in the best of health that doesn’t matter either – a majority of walkers (and leaders for that matter) have a health issue of one sort or another. All you need is a love of nature, the ability to talk and walk at the same time and, ideally, a sense of humour.

Download an application form today via this link >>>>> Volunteering Application Form.doc >>>>>Volunteering Application Form.pdf

Or request an application form by emailing or by telephoning our Helpline on 07505639524.

Our most recent training courses were on 14th August, 15th October, 4th December 2018 and 8th April and 21st October 2019. 

The next training course will be Tuesday 18th February 2020. This free course will begin at 9.30am and ends at 3.30pm. The venue for the February course is Hillsborough Arena, Middlewood Road, Sheffield  S6 4HA. 

Later in the year we'll run a course in the south of Sheffield, probably in the Graves Park/Meersbrook Park area (Sheffield 8).

Please note - it is a course requirement that trainees MUST have attended at least one of our 29 weekly health walks before registering for a training place.

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