Health and safety for walk participants

□ Walks will be listed and described on the web-site and need to be booked in advance

□ All walks will have been thoroughly planned and a risk assessment will have been completed by the walk leaders

□ If you have any questions or are unsure about any aspect of the walk, then please contact the convener before booking

□ Group walks will be limited to the number of participants specified in the risk assessment

□ When you apply you will be allocated a provisional place on the walk and will be sent a copy of the risk assessment

□ All members taking part on the walk must confirm they have read the risk assessment and have signed Part 2

□ Please note that unless you have signed part 2 you will not be allowed to join the group on the walk.

□ If your circumstances change and you can’t join the walk, let the convener know as soon as possible so your place can be re-allocated

□ Wear suitable clothing and footwear for the conditions – if in doubt, ask the walk leader

□ Bring your own food and plenty of water

□ The walk leader will give advice on the best way to travel to and from the walk

□ Listen to the walk leader’s briefing at the beginning of the walk so you know what to do

□ The walk leader will keep a register of attendance including emergency contact details

□ Let the walk leader or backmarker know if you are having problems, feel unwell, or need to slow down or stop

General

□ Individual group members are responsible for their own safety and health while on a walk

□ It is up to each individual to follow the walk leader’s instructions carefully and to know their own capabilities and limitations

□ As part of the risk assessment process each individual needs to assess his/her health prior to each walk and decide whether they are fit to take part

□ Walks organised by U3A groups automatically have public liability insurance cover, provided the walkers are u3a members

□ However, this is not a personal accident insurance and all members must be aware they walk at their own risk

Ill health on walks

□ The walk leader will carry the name of an emergency contact and a telephone number for each group member

□ Members should also carry with them a contact name and telephone number which could be used should the need arise

□ Should any member have an underlying health problem or medical condition that may affect them during a walk then he/she needs to speak to his/her doctor and discuss how best to manage this should symptoms occur while on a walk

□ This information to be shared in confidence with the walks leader so there is a care plan in place should a problem arise

□ If the health issue means that medication may be required then the member should ensure that the medication is brought with them and that either the walk leader or a trusted companion knows what to do in the event of any problem

□ If a member becomes ill on a walk and the symptoms cease after a short period of time, the member in consultation with the walk leader should decide whether to continue or not

□ f the member decides not to continue then he/she will be accompanied by another member to the nearest public transport (providing this is safe and feasible) and then home

□ If the member becomes ill in an environment where it is difficult or impossible to get the walker home or to a safe place, or symptoms persist, then the leader is to ring emergency services and follow their advice.

Injury/First aid

□ The u3a walk leader will always carry a basic first aid kit but they may not have specific medical training

□ u3a walking groups are not required to have trained first aiders and the insurance advice is to contact the emergency services immediately in the event of a serious incident, even if there happens to be a member present who has attended a first aid course

□ In the event of an accident or a u3a member being taken seriously ill, regardless of whether there is a member present with a current first aid qualification, you are advised to contact the emergency services immediately (999/112)

□ You must state the location where you are, including: the address and postcode, or the map reference, or use the ‘what3words’ app

□ You should give your phone number or the phone number you are calling from and give as much information as you can in a clear and concise manner.

March 2024

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