Rebel Runners~Medway fully support the Equality Act 2010 and we pride ourselves on being open and fully supportive to ALL club members and people taking part in club-organised activities.
We aim to provide running sessions which are as accessible to as many adults as possible, with both practical and friendly support. Our volunteer Run Leaders and Coaches have received training not just in leading runs but in awareness of the diverse barriers which can hinder participation. The volunteers can provide running activities and programmes for people with a range of physical, non-physical and mental health difficulties, as part of our aim to be as inclusive as possible.
The policies and procedures we have in place safeguard ALL club members with regard to the protected characteristics of the Equality Act.
The club was co-founded by friends Johanna Bridge, Jenny Baldock and Darren Bridge in January 2014. Initially a social running group operated via Facebook. Firstly becoming a Run England group before applying to become a United Kingdom Athletics (UKA) affiliated Club, and being accepted in October the same year.
Our club is affiliated with England Athletics and in line with this we have a committee. Our committee comprises of members that are voted in annually at our Annual General Meeting. We have a 3 person Executive Committee and 6 Ordinary Committee Members (OCM).
In addition to this we have 2 Coaches and 29 Run England qualified Run Leaders. We have these to ensure our runs are safe and properly managed.
Mental Health Awareness
Rebel Runners is committed to the cause of improving mental wellbeing through running. Running can have a wide range of health benefits both physically and mentally.
It is for this reason that we now have a Mental Health Champion (MHC) and Mental Health First Aider.
The MHC role includes:
Providing crisis contacts to the group.
Being a point of contact for anyone experiencing mental health problems.
Actively promote mental wellbeing and running.
Our Mental Health First Aider has:
An in depth understanding of mental health and factors that can affect wellbeing.
The practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues.
Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support.
Jane Jeffery has taken on the role of England Athletics Mental Health Champion for the club and is also a qualified Mental Health First Aider.
OCM – Complaints & H&S Officer
OCM – Welfare Officer
OCM – Membership Secretary
OCM – Communications Officer
OCM – Volunteer Co-ordinator
Leaders in Running Fitness (LIRFs)
Dan Gower-Smith, Gary Smith, Wendy Regan, Sharon Maria Boland, Jane Jeffery, Darren Jarvis, Jane Jarvis, Helen Marron, John Allen, Paul Heywood, Steve Taylor, Gareth Lehane, Martyn Pymm, Chris Doran, Ross Sandy, Steve Wolfe, Carina Down, Iain Booth, Jason Mallion-Woods, Sarah Palmer, Max Lehane and Karl Grimble.