The Walk and Talk Movement has teamed up with Merton Council and Merton Connected to roll out free weekly community walk and talks across Merton.
These walk and talks are a chance for all generations across the Borough to take a stroll, chat, meet friends and neighbours, make new ones and help each other. From older adults to young children, from buggies to beagles – everyone is welcome and can join in.
The Walk and Talk Movement is on a mission to bring people together in a fun, healthy and engaging way. They want to help thousands of people reconnect with their local community after the terrible pandemic we have all suffered from.
Walkers and talkers have already walked over 850 miles, made more than 1.5m steps together, burnt more than 85,000 calories and enjoyed hundreds of conversations and stories.
New local friends have been made, neighbours who didn’t know each other have met for the first time, people who have been isolated or who have suffered losses during the pandemic have reconnected. The Walk and Talk movement puts smiles on these faces and more every week.
Can you spare a few hours each month and volunteer at a local Walk and Talk?
The Team at The Walk and Talk Movement are now looking for Volunteers who can support Local Walk and Talk Champions in facilitating weekly community walks in a number of green spaces across the Borough.
Walk and Talks take place every Saturday, start at the same time (10.30am) and same place, in several green spaces across Merton – Wimbledon Park, Morden Hall Park, Canons House & Grounds and, from 9 July, Colliers Wood (Wandle Park).
See below for information on what’s involved and what is offered to volunteers who would like to get involved:
Ideally the Volunteer would:
- Commit to leading one walk and talk every 6 weeks and deputise one meet up every 6 weeks, thus committing to attend one walk at least every three weeks.
- Propose fun and engaging activities/tasks. Different walking routes, points of interest, quizzes.
- Recruit local people to attend the walks and be an ambassador for The Walk and Talk Movement.
Volunteers are offered:
- A local sense of engagement and knowledge of the area.
- An opportunity to build confidence and a sense of belonging to the community and the Walk and Talk team.
- Free Basic First Aid and other training.
- Free Walk and Talk T-shirt.
Volunteers are responsible for:
- Introductory welcome speech at the Walk and Talks they lead.
- Preparing walk direction and location, ensuring it is suitable for attendees of all abilities.
- Researching local information/facts to impart during walk and talks.
- Ensuring no-one gets lost/left behind.
- Lead walk with appropriate fun engagement.
- Ensure anyone on their own is included.
- Distributing the sweets at the end!
Who are The Walk and Talk Movement looking for?
- People that can commit to a few Saturday mornings a month.
- People that enjoy meeting other people.
- People with interest in their local area.
If you or someone you know is interested in this exciting volunteering opportunity please contact The Walk and Talk Team on Email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to arrange an informal chat with one of their Directors to see if this may be right for you.
The Walk and Talk Movement
Let’s Walk and Talk Together
Helping the local community every step of the way