Young people across the Outer Hebrides are being offered the chance to become volunteer event coordinators as part of this year’s Big Fit Walk.

NHS Western Isles is recruiting 16 young people between the ages of 16 and 26 who will plan, oversee and evaluate Paths for All’s Big Fit Walks which are set to take place in Lewis, Harris, the Uists and Barra in the next four weeks.

Now in its 15th year, the Big Fit Walk campaign encourages groups and communities to come together anytime in June for a 30-minute walk to celebrate the benefits of being active.  People are being invited to either host a walk or take part in one already organised in their local area.

Big Fit Walks were held on the Western Isles for the first time last year, but there are hopes that this year’s event will be even bigger.

Karen Peteranna, Health Improvement Practitioner with NHS Western Isles said: “As 2018 is the Year of Young People, we wanted to do something a little different.

"We’ve worked with Paths for All and the Big Fit Walk previously but we wanted to expand it this year.

“Being a volunteer event coordinator will offer young people a chance to gain some experience of event management and give them something new to add to their CV.”

The event coordinators will be supported by Health Promotion staff in planning, organising, running and evaluating a Big Fit Walk.

"Applicants should have an interest in organising events, be organised, be able to work as part of a team and have good timekeeping. No prior experience required.

Any young person interested in becoming a volunteer event coordinator can email Karen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01851 762016.

For more information about the Big Fit Walk or to add a walk to the Paths for All map, visit