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Become a Walk and Talk Local Champion

Updated: May 8, 2022

To help with our growth, The Walk and Talk Movement is now hiring two enthusiastic and passionate Local Champions to help us set up new walk and talks. Do you want to make a real difference to the lives of thousands of local residents?

Do you want to help bring people together again after the awful pandemic? Do you want to really change your community for the better?

About The Walk and Talk Movement The Walk and Talk Movement’s mission is to provide weekly community walk and talks in local green spaces, showing that health and happiness can be a walk in the park. We have already brought many hundreds of local people together from across the community in our proven, popular, successful and growing Wimbledon Park Walk and Talk which takes place every Saturday morning. This offers a chance for all generations to take a stroll, chat, meet friends, make new ones and help others. Our goal is for walkers to meet neighbours and help their neighbours – and to make a real difference to people's health and fitness in a very inclusive and engaging way. Our free walks are open to everybody and here are just some of the benefits: - Helping improve mental health by reducing isolation, building communication opportunities and connecting to and using Merton’s green spaces. - Supporting and improving physical health through friendly, supportive and accessible exercise in local green spaces. - Promoting, encouraging and supporting vital social support and community networks – for all the community and across all of the community. - Creating a friendly, safe and inclusive environment to develop important, growing and lasting social impact. - Building a sense of community, helping people feel connected and valued, promoting equality and inclusion, connecting multi-generations and giving people a real sense of wellbeing. - Putting more smiles on more faces – living well together. We are a not-for-profit Community Interest Company working together to improve and transform our local community - one step at a time. Our website can be found here: ...and our growing Facebook page and group can be found here: About The Role

Our immediate goal is to grow our impact and help thousands more people by launching new Walk and Talks in local green spaces across the London Borough of Merton. To do this we are looking for Local Champions. Each Local Champion will be responsible for rolling out a successful new walk and talk in June 2022.

Working with local community groups and stakeholders, the Local Champion will have the energy, passion and enthusiasm to create a real buzz around the new Walk and Talk and build a strong and growing weekly attendance and community. The Local Champion also needs to recruit, train and support a strong cohort of volunteers to ensure the new Walk and Talk becomes a sustainable and embedded part of the community. The Walk and Talk Movement will help support Local Champions with training, materials, communications, connections, advice and referrals. This role will be an initial 3 month self employed contractor role starting as soon as possible, based on 10 hours a week with flexible working hours Please note: Saturday mornings will be important from June to help really launch and establish the new Walk and Talk. This fixed term contract would be paid at a rate of £650 per month. Ultimately, after this initial three month contract, we would love successful Local Champions to take on longer term roles with us. Central full-time roles could also be available in the medium-term as we grow across Merton, London and the UK. The current locations we are finalising are the following:

Wandle Park, Colliers Wood

Cannon Hill Common, Raynes Park

About You An enthusiastic, community orientated individual, with drive, commitment and a passion to help people and make a real difference. Living in the Merton area with a knowledge of the Borough and an ability to engage with a strong local community network. Excellent organisational and communication skills with the ability to be flexible and work under your own initiative. A love of people and getting to know new people. The ability to put smiles on as many faces as possible!

To apply please e-mail telling us about yourself, which location you are interested in and why you would be a great Local Champion there.

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