With the Olympics, Paralympics and Euro football on their way, this summer is the perfect time to get active outdoors. What’s more, by volunteering for Walking for Health, a scheme run by Macmillan and the Ramblers, you can support people affected by cancer while you’re doing it.
'The walks are a great way for people to be social, to laugh and chat for a while.' Annelize
Physical activity can bring a whole host of benefits for everyone. For volunteers like you, activity can be a great form of self-care that gives you a mood-enhancing buzz. For people affected by cancer, it’s a great way to take back control. It can also help prevent and manage some of the effects of treatment, such as fatigue, depression, muscle wasting and risks to heart health. Throw some sunny summer weather into the mix, and you’ve got the perfect incentive to get outside.
'Life goes on after cancer.'
If you enjoy walking and want to improve lives in your area, you could make a perfect Walking for Health walk leader. The programme offers free short and friendly walks, and volunteering opportunities around the UK, and we’re always looking for volunteers to help run it.
One person who did just that was Annelize, a Macmillan volunteer Walking for Health coordinator in Guildford. Annelize says she loves her role because she’s experienced the benefits of walking first-hand.
‘The social aspect is a big draw,’ she says. ‘The walks are a great way for people to be social, to laugh and chat for a while. I suffered from depression and found that walking really helped. It's fantastic to see the positive effect that being part of a walking group has on people.’
Volunteering for Walking for Health is a great way to stretch your legs, explore what’s on your doorstep, and make new friends.
Head to our volunteering opportunities, enter 'walking' in the keywords field, and find out what's going on.
We've got lots of opportunities to make your time matter. Find out about available opportunities and apply today.
If you're a student, graduate or considering a change in career, we've got volunteer internship opportunities for you to build on your existing skills and gain new ones.
Whether it's minutes or months, hours or days, the time you give really does matter.
Read this post by Macmillan volunteers. They talk about how they help out through fundraising and hospital work.
Learn more about Macmillan and other ways to get involved.
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