The Big Walk

Ambulance Bandstand full picture 2016Mascots, Mayor

On the 7th June 2016 we walked for the second time to help thank active volunteers and raise the profile of volunteering in Rotherham as part of a month of activities to celebrate Count Me In 2016.  Every year towns and cities across the UK organise events and programmes to mark National Volunteers Week but in Rotherham we like to do things slightly differently and so ‘Count Me In’ was born, with a whole month of activities each and every June including the Big Walk.

Walk StartUniversity of 3rd AgeChoir at the minster

The idea of a Volunteer Walk actually came from members of the Rotherham Volunteer Coordinator Network; a group of volunteer managers paid and unpaid who come together to share good practise, troubleshoot and offer peer support.  The hope was to join our resources and energies and collaborate as part of Volunteers’ Week rather than each do our own thing.

Guide Dogs VolsCuppa and NatterBHF

The first year in 2015 was a big success with more than 120 volunteers and their supporters participating, representing more than 28 different organisations and groups so the pressure was on to do it all again in 2016.  Indeed it would seem that the ‘Big Walk’ is fast becoming an annual part of the Rotherham calendar with a date already set for 2017.

Walk Evaluation Report 2015

Walk Evaluation Report 2016


Safe@Last and Shilo in the parkWelephant and some Emergency Service VolunteersA natta in the picnic area

Film of The Big Walk 2016:

This short film (approx. 14mins) was kindly produced on the day of The Big Walk 2016 by TV Channel LB24.  See if you can spot yourself!

 The Big Walk 2018

Tuesday 26th June – Timings to be confirmed 

To find out more contact Kerry McGrath on 01709 834451 or email:

Please also keep an eye on The Big Walk 2017 web page: where the Working Group will post regular updates.

We will also make regular posts to the Rotherham Volunteer Coordinator Network page on Facebook:   Rotherham Volunteer Coordinator Network page