Form your group
What type of group is best?
1. Small and informal WAG
Start a group with people you already know and get along with, such as a few neighbours concerned about a couple of local issues, or a new mothers group that already meets for coffee. By starting small you can keep it simple and minimise the risk of getting bogged down with processes.
This might be the quickest and easiest way to start and your WAG, and it can always grow into something bigger!
2. WAG with more formal structure
Setting up a WAG as a new group with a more formal structure can take a little more work to start but, if you have got a good mix of enthusiastic people, you might as well aim high!
3. WAG as a subgroup of an existing community group
Forming a WAG as a subgroup of an existing group may be a quicker way to get your group going. It also means that you’ll already have somewhere to meet and can get support from the bigger group. Another advantage is that your WAG may be able to be covered by the community group's liability insurance cover.
There are many types of existing groups that could form a WAG, including:
- Neighbourhood House— a WAG could be run as an activity or class
- Climate action group
- Residents action group
- Scouts or guides
- University of the third age (U3A).
4. Workplace WAG
A workplace WAG is a great way for businesses to get involved in your local community. Conduct a walking audit on the streets around the workplace and take action to make them better for walking!