Wee Walk Once a Week (WWOW)
Our 100th member, Principal Professor Sally Mapstone, joined staff and students on 17/02/17 to walk the East Sands Loop (30 mins). Further information can be found in Wellbeing news.
What is WWOW?
The University Wellbeing and Engagement Group have grant funding from the charity Paths for All, to support a University walking group.
Open to all staff and students, the group will organise a short walk in the town once a week, with regular 'portable breakfast/lunch' walks and periodic 'expert leader' walks at weekends for staff, students, friends and family members.
The weekday walks will be scheduled in advance (so people can plan ahead) and will take place either the early morning, late afternoon or at lunchtimes, and will alternate between different days to make them as accessible as possible.
Anyone staff member or student can join the group, and can attend as many or as few of the walks as they wish, but walkers will have to register as WWOW members and book onto each walk.
The walks are led by trained Walk Leaders, using routes planned in advance and risk-assessed. We currently have a small group of Walk Leaders and are scheduling further training. If we have more walk leaders we can have more groups walking and more frequent walks. The capacity of the WWOW to grow will therefore be dependant on having enough trained Walk Leaders and we are very keen to hear from people who may be willing to become walk leaders.
What is the aim of WWOW?
Why should you start walking? Walking for 30 minutes each day is one of the best things you can do for your body, mind, and spirit. The aim of WWOW is:
- To provide a ‘community activity’, not connected to people’s jobs or study, in which University staff and students can take part
- To encourage staff and students to be more physically active during the working day
- To involve more members of University staff and student body to participate in a formal ‘health and wellbeing’ initiative, which may act as a ‘gateway’ to participate in other activities
- To contribute to the development of an active ‘health and wellbeing’ movement within the University
How do I register to become a WWOW member?
To sign up as a WWOW member, please complete the online registration form
All participants must read and agreed to the conditions set out in the Walker Agreement which can be downloaded from the Documents section in the right hand column.
Once you have registered we'll make sure that you have access to walk routes, risk assessments and the current walk schedule.
You will be able to pre-book your place on the walks which suit you best.
How do I become a walk leader?
Leading the walks is not an onerous responsibility and will be a rewarding activity, both physically and socially, in which to take part.
To become a Walk Leader you must:-
- attend the 2 hour training session
- produce one route plan for a 30 minute walk
- complete the simple risk assessment for their walking route using our pro-forma risk assessment document
- lead a walk no more frequently that once every 6 weeks
When leading a walk Walk Leaders will:
- check participants off against the WWOW register
- explain the walk route and any notes/hazards
- appoint a 'back leader' (if necessary)
- check that all participants have accepted the 'health walk agreement' (which they will do when they sign up to be a member) and know the walk rules
- compete an incident form if there are any accidents or incidents during the walk
It might sound a bit bureaucratic but all of this is actually very quick and easy, and ensures that we meet our duty of care so that our walkers can enjoy the walks in safety.
Current Walking Schedule
The walking schedule for Semester 2 is available to view.
|Date||Time||Leader||2nd Leader||Route||Starting Point|
|Thursday, 9 March 2017||12.30||Gillian Brunton||Laura Newman||East Sands Loop||Porters Lodge, North Street|
|Tuesday, 14 March 2017||08.30||Golsa Raoufi||The R&A Loop||Scores End of Butts Wynd|
|Friday, 24 March 2017||12.30||Sarah Latto||OBS / Lade Braes Loop||Old Burgh School, Abbey Walk|
|Wednesday, 29 March 2017||12.30||Lynn Hynd||Beach Walk||tbc|
|Monday, 3rd April 2017||12.30||Golsa Raoufi||Eilidh Harris||East Sands Loop||Porters Lodge, North Street|
|Thursday, 13th April 2017||17.00||Golsa Raoufi||The R&A Loop||Scores End of Butts Wynd|
|Tuesday, 18th April 2017||12.30||Laura Newman||Lade Braes West||Argyle St. Carpark, at top of Viaduct Walk|
|Friday, 28th April 2017||12.30||Golsa Raoufi||West Sands||Gateway|
|Wednesday, 3 May 2017||08.30||Golsa Raoufi||Eilidh Harris||The R&A Loop||Scores End of Butts Wynd|
|Monday, 8 May 2017||12.30||Gillian Brunton||Sarah Latto||East Sands Loop||Porters Lodge, North Street|
|Thursday, 18 May 2017||12.30||Lynn Hynd||Beach Walk||tbc|
|Tuesday, 23 May 2017||12.30||Golsa Raoufi||Lade Braes West||Argyle St. Carpark, at top of Viaduct Walk|
St Andrews with its rich ecclesiastical, university and golf heritage provides wonderful and varied walking options. Each walking route has been carefully devised to last no more than 30 minutes and suitable for all abilities.
Lade Braes - Central
Lade Braes - East
Gateway along West Sands
Gateway along cycle track to Balgove Larder
The R&A Loop
Cathedral and Harbour
East Sands Loop
Long Walk and Kinnessburn
How do I book onto a walk?
Once registered as a WWOW member you shall receive an email invitation to each scheduled walk through Outlook.
If you wish to join the walk please accept the invite and if you don't wish to participate please decline. If you are undecided either don't respond immediately or register maybe as you can change the status of your response at any time. The number of spaces on each walk maybe limited, we would therefore request you confirm your attendance to guarantee your space.
Walk Leader Training
No Walk Leader Training is currently scheduled. If you are interested in becoming a Walk Leader please email the Wellbeing & Engagement Group email@example.com
Details of training shall appear here when available.
WWOW is supported by Paths for All