Scottish Health Walk Network

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We are celebrating and promoting the fantastic work that Walking for Health projects across Scotland are doing through the creation of a national network. The network formally recognises all the organisations and projects who deliver Health Walks in Scotland.

What is the network?

The network brings together over 100 projects of all shapes and sizes, all with the common goal of creating a happier healthier Scotland by supporting communities to walk more. As a network we can strengthen our messages, increase our impact and improve our support to organisations delivering walking opportunities in Scotland. Paths for All will manage the network, providing regular communications, updates and opportunities.

What does the network aim to do?

  • Provide comprehensive support to organisations in Scotland delivering Health Walks (which are free, local, low level, accessible for all, volunteer led walks lasting anything from 10 minutes to one hour)
  • Provide resources and funding, share learning and best practice amongst organisations delivering Health Walks in Scotland
  • Raise the profile of the network with local and national policy makers, funders and health & social care professionals to increase awareness, signposting and impact
  • Support Projects to demonstrate their quality and credentials to potential participants, funders, partners and professionals through use of the network branding.

How do I join the network?

Joining the network is easy and free. It just consists of completing a short annual registration or renewal survey.

Sign up here

What information do you need to join?

  • Contact details for the Project Coordinator (this can be a volunteer)
  • Information on the number of active volunteers
  • Details of walk provision
  • Details of any strength and balance activity delivered
  • Confirmation that all volunteers have attended PFA Walk Leader training, that all walks are risk assessed and a current Protecting Vulnerable Adults policy is in place
  • Data on participation and recruitment gathered via New Walker Forms (or equivalent) and returned to Paths for All

What are the benefits of joining the network?

There are a huge range of benefits when joining the network, including:

  • Formal accreditation as a member of the network and use of the branding
  • Bespoke Development Officer support
  • Access to grant funding
  • A suite of training opportunities available to volunteers and coordinators
  • Public liability and professional indemnity insurance for trained volunteers
  • Use of the Medical Protection Society statement of support
  • Use of the online Walkers Database to record project statistics
  • Walks listed on the ‘Join a Health Walk’ web tool and interactive map
  • Regular communications via eNews and Footnotes
  • Inclusion in national awards opportunities
  • Networking opportunities for Coordinators and Volunteers
  • Access to members only online guidance, volunteer resources & walking promotion materials

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