May is National Walking Month and a great opportunity to join thousands of others who are getting involved in walking activities across the country. As part of National Walking Month people are being encouraged to try to add 20 minutes more walking to their day and volunteering can be an inspired way to do this. Take a look at the below volunteering roles for some inspiration on how to use volunteering as a way to be more active.
- Become a walk leader for a local health walk scheme. Schemes run across the county to support people who have been encouraged to walk by their GP. Check out this opportunity from Fitsteps in Maldon
- Take someone’s pet for a walk. Older people or those with a disability may struggle to give their beloved dog a regular walk and without volunteer support may have to give up their pet. A few visits a week and you can make a real difference, Check out this opportunity for the Cinnamon Trust
- Become a wildlife photographer. Take a walk around some of Essex’s beauty spots and capture the local wildlife whilst getting some exercise and enabling local environmental charities to promote their work. Check out this role from the Essex Wildlife Trust.
- Walk round a museum. As a museum tour guide you could use your 20 minutes of walking to show people around a heritage site local to you. Check out this role at the Essex Police Museum
- Help someone get out and about. Why not take a walk with an older person, they will be able to get out of the house with confidence and enjoy some social time with you as a volunteer. Check out this role from Age UK Essex
- Be part of a fundraising event. There are manty fundraising activity events going on across Essex throughout the year, you can of course take part to raise money for a favourite charity but there also volunteering roles at the events to help everyone stay safe. Check out this role from the Colchester Starlight Walk
- Walk to your volunteering role. If none of the above are grabbing your attention perhaps there is a local charity or community group within walking distance from your home that you could support. Contact your local Volunteer Centre to discuss all the hundreds of different roles available or browse online.