All schemes need someone to undertake the role of scheme coordinator, which is vital for ensuring that the scheme is run effectively.
Coordinators are responsible for:
As a minimum:
- Ensuring there are appropriate walks in their programme, accessible to target audiences
- Communication and marketing of their walks and scheme
- Recruiting and managing volunteers
- Following our best practice guidance
- Keeping records up to date
The role can also include:
- Undertaking outreach and community engagement to target audiences who will most benefit from being more active
- Training and development of suitable volunteers
- Networking and partnership building with other local organisations, and sharing good practice and case studies
- Undertaking monitoring and evaluation to measure the effectiveness of the scheme, and to ensure it is meeting the outcomes and aims it has set out to achieve
- Sourcing sustainable funding
The support that scheme coordinators receive from the national team includes:
- Time with our regional staff on developing your scheme, meeting the Walking for Health criteria, and your scheme’s training needs.
- Access to a dedicated section on the Walking for Health website, including news, resources to support you to promote your scheme and recruit volunteers, evidence, guidance on reaching target groups and more.
- A regular e-newsletter to keep you updated on the work of the national team and any relevant news
- Marketing and communications advice and support
- Access to walk leader and cascade training (i.e. training to enable you to train your own walk leaders)
- National materials, all free to order, to help you promote your scheme and recognise volunteers
We're always on the end of the phone. If our coordinators have questions, we always encourage them to get in touch.