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Training for Health Walk projects in the community

We offer a range of training courses designed to give volunteers the knowledge, skills and confidence to lead Health Walks in their community.

Dementia Friendly Walking training

Our training is delivered by a skilled, expert team, passionate about getting Scotland walking.

Since 2002, we've trained over 10,000 volunteer Walk Leaders across Scotland. Without their dedication and enthusiasm, our Health Walk network would not be where it is today. If you're interested in getting involved, contact the Health Walk project in your area.

You can look at our events calendar to see our next course dates, or get in touch if you'd like to discuss bespoke training for your organisation by emailing

We offer a range of training courses for people interested in improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland through walking.

Health Walk Leader Training

A one day course to enable volunteers to lead safe and effective Health Walks in a community setting as part of a Health Walk project. This course can be delivered for groups of up to 20 volunteers. 

Download Health Walk Leader Training overview

Refresher Walk Leader Training

A half-day workshop for Volunteer Walk Leaders who trained more than 2 years ago. The workshop will refresh the key elements of leading a community Health Walk, introduce new ideas and update your knowledge of physical activity evidence. It also gives the opportunity to meet other Walk Leaders to share ideas and experience.  

Download our Refresher Training overview

Strength and Balance Training for Walk Leaders

This half day workshop will explain why regular walking plus strength and balance exercises provide the key to active older age. Walk Leaders will learn how to do simple exercises which help to promote independence and reduce the risk of falls. These exercises can then be  incorporated into health walks. Each delegate will receive a set of cue cards and 5 leaflets.

Download our Strength & Balance Training overview

Strength and Balance Training for Care Staff

A half day workshop for people working with older adults in care settings to learn how to encourage mobility and activity, reduce sedentary behaviour and build strength & balance exercises into daily care. Each delegate will receive a set of cue cards and 5 leaflets.

Inclusion Training

An interactive and practical 4 hour workshop for Walk Leaders and staff/volunteers leading outdoor activities. It builds on existing knowledge and experience and increases confidence in supporting the inclusion of disabled people in health walks and low level outdoor activities.  The course is delivered by expert trainers from Scottish Disability Sport.

Download our Inclusion Training overview

Safety Outdoors Training

This is an interactive and practical one day course for Walk Leaders which builds on existing knowledge and experience and will increase confidence in risk assessment, route planning and emergency action.

Download our Safety Outdoors Training overview


For more information or to book a course please contact or call us on 01786 641851