Walking for Health

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The Walking for Health programme was established in 2001 and continues to be an integral part of Government policy to address the health and wellbeing of the population in Northern Ireland. The programme is delivered through HSC Trusts across Northern Ireland and is supported by the Public Health Agency. Walking for Health aims to encourage inactive people to increase their level of physical activity by participating in local led health walks.

Walk Leaders are key to the success of Walking for Health in Northern Ireland and they have a unique and valuable contribution to make to health improvement, complementing the work of Health and Social Care staff.

The training manual supports the Walk Leader training course and covers the issues a Walk Leader would need to know to plan, organise and deliver safe and effective health walks.

  • The Walk Leader Role Description gives details on aspects of a Walk Leader’s role, including purpose, responsibilities, insurance and support. Click here to view Walking Leader Role Description
  • The poster is used by Walk Leaders to advertise the health walks they take in their area. It allows members of the public to contact the Walk Leaders directly, giving them a chance to ask any questions they may have. Click here to access the poster.
  • The cue card acts as a checklist for Walk Leaders to ensure they follow all the appropriate safety procedures and other guidelines for each health walk they take. Click here to view Walking Leader Cue Cards
  • A training manual and certificate is awarded to all those who successfully attend Walk Leader training.

All Walk Leaders are provided with training, networking opportunities, and advice and support on establishing, promoting and running successful walking groups.
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