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Home education: call for evidence and revised DfE guidance

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Consultation description

This consultation has 2 parts.

The first is a call for evidence on issues connected with elective home education. In particular:

  • registration of children educated at home
  • monitoring of home education provision
  • support for home educators

The second part is seeking comments on draft versions of 2 DfE guidance documents about elective home education. One is designed for local authorities and the other for parents.

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This consultation closes 11.59pm on 2nd July 2018

Volunteer Walk Leader Training in Hackney

Source By: Leisure & Physical Activity Team, LBH

Volunteer Walk Leader training in Hackney

Walking for Health wouldn't exist without our fantastic volunteer walk leaders, who lead health walks taking place around the country.

As a volunteer walk leader, you would be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get.  As well as ensuring walks are friendly, safe and well run, walk leaders are also our ambassadors for walking, their scheme and Walking for Health - showing people that walking really can make a big difference to their lives.

Role responsibilities

As a walk leader, you would be responsible for:

  • Walking health walk routes beforehand (“recce-ing”) to make sure you know them.
  • Welcoming walkers to the walks, particularly new walkers.
  • Giving a brief talk before the walk to make sure everyone is prepared.
  • Making sure paperwork like registration forms and registers are completed.
  • Leading and managing walks, usually jointly with other walk leaders (including “back marking or “middle marking” as well as leading at the front).
  • Making sure walks are welcoming, friendly, enjoyable and safe, following our best practice guidelines and the requirements of your scheme.
  • Trouble shooting and dealing with problems on walks, with the support of your scheme coordinator.
  • Providing information about other walks offered by the scheme and basic information about how to keep active.
  • Attending occasional walk leaders’ meetings and refresher training.
  • Staying in touch with the latest news and guidance from your scheme and Walking for Health.

In addition, depending on how your scheme is run, you could also be asked to help your scheme co-ordinator develop and risk assess new walking routes.

Skills needed

The main skill we need from our volunteer walk leaders is clearly demonstrated enthusiasm for walking and its benefits!  In addition, we love our leaders to be: 

  • Friendly, welcoming and empowering with good communication skills
  • Observant and sensitive to the needs of others
  • Knowledgeable about the basics of the benefits of walking and physical activity
  • Reliable, punctual, honest and well-organised
  • Able to work independently but with guidance and support
  • Confident at speaking in front of small groups
  • Able to take control and be assertive when needed

The benefits

Our walk leaders like their roles and tell us fantastic stories about how much they enjoy helping others to get active and get walking.  But in case that doesn't convince you, here are some of the other great benefits:

  • Full training with a nationally recognised and well respected scheme.
  • Ongoing support and guidance from your scheme coordinator and Walking for Health.
  • Access to Walking for Health resources and equipment to help you fulfil your role.
  • Opportunity to develop your leadership, people management and other skills.
  • Opportunity to meet new people including like-minded volunteers.
  • Opportunity to discover more of your local area and spend time in the outdoors.
  • Opportunity to be more physically active yourself.

What is the time commitment required

Most walks are short (around an hour or less) so including travelling, preparation and paperwork leading a single walk close to home typically takes around 2.5-3 hours, plus recces and occasional meetings and refresher training. Typical schemes expect their leaders to attend at least one walk a month, depending on the programme and the numbers of leaders they have.

Get the feel good factor - become a walk leader

Walk leader training is aimed primarily at volunteers who wish to lead community walks. It is full of practical advice and run locally where there is an existing Walk For Health scheme.

The walk leader training day covers:

·         The benefits of physical activity

·         Identifying barriers to physical activity

·         Motivating people to walk

·         A demonstration of a health walk

·         Monitoring safety

·         How to lead a walk.

Training is free of charge; however as part of the course you are asked to give a minimum of 2 voluntary hours on completion of course. This can be as a walk leader/assistant leader with in your own community walk or as part of the Councils Walkingtogether scheme. This must be verified by the scheme co-ordinator.

The one day training will be held at Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Square E8 3BQ,  from 09.45 – 17.00 on:

Thursday 23rd August 2018

Wednesday 27th February 2019

To book a course place, please complete the attached form and return as stated on the form or visit

Course booking code is 00

Should you require further information, contact Hackney Walks Co-ordinator or 0208 356 7459/4897


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Grants available up to £4000 to run peer support groups for people with long term conditions

Source By: Hackney CVS

Hackney CVS is pleased to announce that it is running the Peer Support Grants programme again, funded by, and in partnership with City & Hackney CCG.

The Peer Support grants programme has the following  purposes:

  • to support residents with long term conditions manage their health

  • to assess if community led and culturally specific approaches to supporting residents to manage their health conditions have good outcomes

  • to support small and black & ethnic minority led organisations develop a body of evidence for the work they do

We are particularly interested in applications from small and black & ethnic minority led organisations, especially those working with Hackneys African Caribbean heritage residents , and residents  with mild to moderate mental health problems.   All successful grant applicants will be required to do training on monitoring and also on motivational interviewing.

The closing date for this grant programme is the 13th July and we will be running a ‘how to apply session’ on the 5th July 1pm - 3pm (venue to be confirmed)   

Click here for Guidance notes- Grant_Round_5_GUIDANCE_JUNE_20181.pdf

Click here and complete the following forms in order to apply:

Children & Family Sector Meeting - 5th July 2018

Source By: Hackney CVS

The Children and Young peoples Provider Forum brings together charitable organisations that support local children and families. There have been a range of developments in health planning that the VCS need to keep abreast of. We plan to Refresh the Forum’s objectives in line with newly identified needs and want to share approaches. 

July 5th, 2018 10:15 AM - 12:30 PM
orest Road Youth Centre, 29 Forest Road, Hackney, London, E8 3BY

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