Set Up a Group

Set Up a WIYC group

A Walking In Your Community Group is a group of people from a local area who are keen to come together to do some physical exercise in the outdoors. It could be an existing group/association or a new group could be formed specifically for the purpose of walking.  

 

Why Set Up a Walking In Your Community Group?

There are a wide range of benefits for setting up and running a walking group:

  • It’s free for group members
  • It encourages people to be more physically active that will give them health benefits
  • It brings people together of different backgrounds for a common purpose
  • It encourages a sense of community
  • It promotes morale in your area - a walking group is a social as well as an activity group
  • Walking helps support positive mental health

 

Who Should Set Up a Walking In Your Community Group?

Usually the lead person to set up a Walking In Your Community Group would be:

  • A community group leader
  • A volunteer from a community group with an interest in walking
  • A volunteer with an interest in walking in a club, business or other orgnanisation

Ideally the person trained to lead the group (Community Walk Leader) would aspire to have the following qualities:

  • Positive and friendly person
  • Good communicator and organiser
  • Good knowledge of walks, walking and the local area

 

Next Steps

There are two options:

  1. You are part of an established community group, association or club

    • Check the interest level for a walking group
    • Check if the group leadership agree that you are the person they want to lead on the development of a walking group
    • Check if you meet the criteria for Community Walk Leader
    • Submit an application form online
  2. You are not part of an established community group, association or club

    • Assess the interest in your local community for a walking group.  At least 20 people with a confirmed interest would be the minimum level of interest to indicate a potentially successful group
    • Check if you meet the criteria for Community Walk Leader
    • Submit an application form online