Waltham Forest

Vacancy alert: Are YOU the next area activator for Waltham Forest

Help make Waltham Forest a fitter and better connected community

August 25, 2023

Have your own GoodGym story to share with the community? Email getinvolved@goodgym.org and we'll be in touch.

Lead GoodGym in Waltham Forest as an area activator and help to make it a healthier and better-connected place

GoodGym is a growing community of runners, walkers, and cyclists who get fit by doing good. We shift earth instead of weights and use our exercise to visit older people instead of running still on treadmills.

We employ people who really care about their community to lead GoodGym in their local area. If you’re passionate about health and care about the world around you, we want to work with you in Waltham Forest. You’ll be developing a fitness community by helping charitable organisations across the borough.

We welcome applications from people who are in full-time employment as this role can be done flexibly outside of normal office hours.


As the GoodGym Waltham Forest area activator, you’ll be responsible for the success of GoodGym in the borough. You will increase participation by supporting a network of GoodGym members and local community projects.

You will do this by:

  • Creating a supportive community of members
  • Encouraging engagement by promoting GoodGym activities
  • Recruiting members to assist with the above activities
  • Increasing participation in GoodGym group sessions
  • Increasing the number of GoodGym group sessions being listed

All applicants must have:

  • A passion for making communities better
  • Experience of making something happen from scratch; football club, PTA, club night, - anything that shows you get involved
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good computer and social media skills
  • Access to the Internet and a computer so you can use the GoodGym website and engage with your members

We want GoodGym to reflect the diversity of the areas in which we operate. Waltham Forest is a diverse borough with residents, businesses, charities and community groups from a wide range of backgrounds. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who have a connection to the communities and groups which GoodGym aims to support.


  • Volunteer management experience
  • Knowledge of local community initiatives and charities
  • A personal fitness qualification or Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) through England Athletics

Working Hours

We estimate this all to take between 9 hours each week, to be worked flexibly across the week.


£6,930 a year / £577.50 a month on a rolling monthly freelance contract.


How to apply

The deadline for applications will be at 9am on Monday 18th September.

Interview dates: Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd September. This will take place via a video call and will last approximately one hour.

To ensure that our recruitment process is fair, we are using a standardised application form for all applicants. Please do not send a CV or a cover letter.

Applicants can apply and submit their application on completion. Suitable applicants will be invited for an interview & successful candidates will be invited to complete online training & attend a one day online facilitated training session with GoodGym Central Group Sessions Operations team.


If you wish to discuss the role or have any questions before applying for the role please contact theresa@goodgym.org

You can also read a story here by one of our area activators Being an area activator

Full job description

We see diversity as a strength and want everyone to be able to be their whole themselves at work. We have a code of conduct in place and are committed to creating a culture where everyone feels safe and respected. Therefore, we are looking for the best people to help us provide support to millions of people affected by loneliness in the UK. We want our team to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, offering equal opportunities to everyone, regardless of race, sex, gender identity, disability, age, nationality, religious or philosophical belief, age, sexual orientation, educational attainment, family status, trade union activity or any other factor.

Person specification

Skills and knowledge

  • Local knowledge of community groups and charities
  • Ability to use social media and Google Apps (mail / calendar)
  • Good computer and web skills
  • Good communication and negotiation skills
  • Personal attributes
  • Ability to develop positive relationships with people from all backgrounds
  • Ability to coach and mentor people
  • Self-motivation: the ability to use self-initiative and makes opportunities happen
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Passion for fitness


  • Experience in leading running groups and improving the fitness of participants is desirable

Running/fitness GoodGym is a community of runners, walkers and cyclists. Fitness is central to what we do and a key reason why people get involved. Whilst you don’t need to be a fitness coach or instructor for this job we would expect the successful applicants to have an interest in improving the fitness of GoodGym members. We are able to provide training for those who wish to lead groups.

Working Hours 9 hours per week to be worked flexibly according to the demands of the area. We expect the post holder to respond to email queries within 48 hours.

Responsibilities As a GoodGym area activator, you’ll be responsible for the success of GoodGym in your area. This is done by working alongside the area TaskForce, a group of local GoodGym members.

  • Supporting TaskForce
  • Supporting them to use the website
  • Answering their queries
  • Supporting them in finding organisations to work with
  • Supporting them in building long term relationships with organisations
  • Regular communication with TaskForce
  • Encourage TaskForce to rotate responsibilities
  • Identifying and encouraging new TaskForce members
  • Resolving issues/disputes between TaskForce members
  • Ensuring TaskForce meets the GoodGym code of conduct and guidelines
  • Building relationships with task organisations
  • Support and monitoring
  • You will report to a named person in the GoodGym Central Team
  • Support groups/learning groups on video chat on a bi-monthly basis with a regional group of 4-5 people.
  • Success of the role will be gauged on overall levels of participation in the area overall.
  • Management, Support and Reporting

On joining GoodGym you will receive training on the role,this may be over video-conferencing or in person.

You will be assigned to the Group Session Operations Manager at GoodGym who will meet with you and review your area’s performance once a quarter. This will last around one hour and can be held online if agreed in advance. This will be a mixture of one-to-ones and group calls with other area activators. During this time, you must have access to a computer to review your dashboard and feedback from the runners on the GoodGym website.

Your contact at GoodGym will be available for support and advice 5 days a week between 9.30am - 6 pm. Appointments can be arranged outside of these hours.

You are obliged to attend a yearly review to update you on the new GoodGym policy, technology and what’s working well, and what could be improved. You are also obliged to complete online training every year to ensure you have a full understanding of essential health and safety processes and responsibilities.


Have your own GoodGym story to share with the community? Email getinvolved@goodgym.org and we'll be in touch.
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