Inspiring walkers

This award recognises inspirational volunteers, or group of volunteers, who have helped other people to put one foot in front of the other. Whether they are taking their first steps or are a seasoned walker this award recognises that volunteer who encouraged, supported and inspired them to get out and get active. 

Read about each nominee.



Maggie Hems – Merseyside and West Cheshire Area 

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Maggie has been a very active member of the Ramblers for 30 years. A very experienced walker herself she has been an asset as a walk leader, support to new walkers and as a trainer of new leaders. In addition she has taken on the busy roles of group secretary and area secretary giving huge amounts of time to these tasks. She has frequently represented local Ramblers at General Council. She is dedicated to the aims of the Ramblers and numerous members have benefited from her knowledge, input and commitment.

North Somerset Walking for Health

Two people in high-viz jackets, leading a walk

North Somerset Walking for Health welcomes over 400 regular walkers per week in and around Clevedon, Long Ashton, Nailsea, Portishead, Weston-super-Mare, Winscombe, Worle and Yatton. Without the 90 active volunteers the weekly programme of walks wouldn't be possible. 

The North Somerset Council-run Walking for Health scheme has provided short, sociable walks to over 400 people during the year with more than 90 active volunteers leading the weekly programme. Last year they celebrated their 10th anniversary. In this time they have run over 5,000 short, sociable walks and trained more than 250 local volunteers during that time to lead its weekly programme. The programme continues to thrive because of the enthusiasm of their dedicated volunteers. 

The fact that the nine local groups have found huge popularity is testament to the fact that they are incredibly friendly and a great way to stroll and chat, benefiting both physical and mental health for those involved.

Voting has closed for the Volunteer Awards 2019, we will be announcing the winner in April. 

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