We are currently recruiting volunteers to join our 'Walk With Me' programme. ‘Walk With Me’ matches local volunteers to refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol for a weekly walk together. The location, pace and length of walk are agreed by each partnership, and where possible same genders will be matched.
Volunteers receive online training around basic health and safety involved in planning and participating in a walk, cultural issues, supporting English learning and safeguarding.
Walking partnerships will provide an opportunity to meet someone new, promote regular exercise which will benefit physical and mental health, and provide an opportunity to practise spoken English and explore a neighbourhood or new places.
Support is offered to both the volunteer and the refugee / asylum seeker to set up the first walk, ensuring both parties know and agree to the expectations. The volunteer will then be responsible to initiate weekly walks after that, until the end of the summer.
COVID government guidelines are to be followed by the partnership at all times, and both partners must be 18 years old or over.
If you would like to become a volunteer walking partner, please email to express your interest and receive the link for the training call, or to ask any questions.
The training session will be on Tuesday 16th March 2021, 7.30-9pm.