What is Move Mates?
Our wonderful volunteer Move Mates give people the confidence to get out of their houses and go for a walk – for any purpose – where they would usually struggle to do so on their own.
I Want to Request
a Move Mate
You can self-refer to have a Move Mate or you can make a referral on behalf of someone else. If you are referring someone, you must have their express consent to share their details.
We are currently at capacity for Move Mates in York and are not accepting new referrals.
What Happens Next?
We’ll send out a welcome pack which includes information about the project, what to expect, how we use personal data and the commitment we expect from you.
One of our team will get in touch to find out a bit more about you, check your eligibility and find out what you hope to get from having a Move Mate.
We’ll look for a suitable volunteer for you, based on your location, availability and preferences.
We’ll contact you to set the date and time for your first walk and we’ll check in afterwards to ask you how it went.
I Want to Volunteer
to Become a Move Mate
Are you compassionate, a good communicator and empathetic to people from all walks of life? This could be for you!
Can you give an hour or two a week to walk and talk with someone, and make a 3 month minimum commitment?
What Happens Next?
To complete the volunteer application process:
Complete our online form. You’ll be required to undergo an ID check for the Disclosure Barring Service and provide a character reference.
We will contact you by email.You will be asked to undertake some online training and book a slot to chat with us about your availability and preferences.
We’ll pair you up with one of our beneficiaries and set the date and time for your first walk.
Jayne – Move Mate Beneficiary
Why Would Someone Need a Move Mate?
How Does it Work?
We pair up one of our Move Mates with someone for a one-off walk or for a regular, weekly walk. We ask people what they want to achieve through walking and review this with them after three months to decide together if further support is required.
The Move Mate meets the person at their front door and accompanies them for a walk. It could be a walk to the local shop or to pick up a prescription, or it could be a walk to an activity or event they want to attend. It could be as simple as walk around the block just to get moving, build confidence and have a chat.
Moves Mates lifts people in so many ways, primarily: Boosting mental wellbeing, improving physical health and decreasing loneliness.
Hannah – Move Mate
Why We Volunteer
Our volunteers tell us how great volunteering makes them feel and what a positive impact it has on their own lives, that’s before you even consider how wonderful it is to help others.
Start Your Move Mates Project
You can also register your interest as a potential volunteer or referrer in other areas.
A regular donation could be the difference between keeping our free services available, or not.
Even a one-off donation is a big deal for us, so please give if you can.
Thank you! - £5 pays for three volunteer ID cards so our Move Mates can identify themselves to the people they walk with, helping people to feel safe and secure.
Amazing! - £10 pays for one new volunteer to undergo the checks we need to ensure our Move Mates are the perfect match for the vulnerable people they support.
That's brilliant! - £15 pays for eight Move Mate welcome packs to be sent out, providing important information to our beneficiaries right from the start.