Become a Cascade Trainer

Purpose of the role

The role of a cascade trainer is to train walk leaders for Walking for Health schemes, using our training framework and materials, so that they are able to lead safe, effective and enjoyable walks confidently.
A prerequisite to becoming a cascade trainer is to have attended the one day volunteer walk leader training.


Cascade trainers will:
  • Determine course content and materials within our national guidelines
  • Determine the sequence of topics and agenda for the sessions, ensuring that time is managed effectively on the day
  • Agree ground rules in collaboration with participants at each session
  • Gather input and feedback for development of future course content
  • Have an awareness of the importance of evaluation, monitoring and feedback
  • Use the latest course materials set out by  Walking for Health 
  • Edit walk leader participants online after courses have run
  • Deploy various teaching methods and tools to get the best out of attendees
  • Maintain the interest of the group
  • Frequently review the material, and any updates, so that the training provided is current
  • Be an advocate for Walking for Health by sharing our vision, promoting our objectives and talking in a knowledgeable, friendly, welcoming and empowering way
  • Deliver a minimum of two volunteer walk leader training courses per year
  • Deliver all training sessions to a minimum of five volunteers and a maximum of  fifteen volunteers.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a proven ability to relay information, clearly and confidently
  • Professional, but friendly and approachable, manner
  • A flexible approach to learning 
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • A commitment to learning and development
  • Ability to manage a group of diverse people, including resolving conflict
  • Ability to create a safe learning environment
  • Ability to motivate learners and encourage active involvement


  • Keep up to date with training materials and developments
  • An excellent understanding of Walking for Health, its aims and objectives
  • A good understanding of health and wellbeing
  • Keen interest in supporting volunteer learning and development


  • Experience of facilitating small to medium groups
  • Experience of delivering local or regional training 


Interested in becoming a cascade trainer?

Please note that we are currently only offering training where a priority need has been identified. Contact us for more information. 

We will be advising schemes of an update with regards to the review of walk leader training and it's delivery in due course. Please direct any questions regarding the review to

If you have any questions regarding training please contact stuart riddle, one of our training and quality assurance officers :-