We’re particularly interested in attracting people from East Anglia, Greater Manchester, London and West of England. Greater Manchester and the West of England have just elected a Mayor in May and this is a brilliant opportunity to influence local government. We’re also working with the Mayor and London Assembly to make London better for walkers. In East Anglia, we’re running a campaign to protect rights of way over level crossings.
But we encourage volunteers from all over England - having the right person is the most important thing, and we don’t want to miss people just because they don’t live in one of these areas. Whether you’re a lifelong campaigner, or want to find out more about how to make a different in your area, you’re welcome to join us. We’ll help you develop existing skills to make change and introduce you to new campaigning techniques.
If you’re based in Wales or Scotland, please get in touch too. We’d love to know that you’re interested, so that we can gradually extend recruitment for this role across Great Britain.
The Ramblers has won some fantastic victories for walkers, from funding for the England coast path, to the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2001. But our rights of way continue to be under threat, such as from cuts to local authority budgets and a changing climate. We want to build a stronger voice by recruiting a network of local organisers who will work alongside our groups and areas to protect walkers’ rights on a local and national level.
Recruitment is open-ended and ongoing. We're aiming to hold the next training session for local organisers in June and will have other sessions later in the year. If you're interested, but can't commit right now, we'd still love to hear from you.
Ideally, you’ll be available for at least 1 year, as campaigns take a while to see through. But we understand that circumstances can change and we want to make the role work for you. We also hope that you’ll be able to commit to approximately 2 days per month. This could include training, meeting your MP, setting up a fundraising stall, writing a press release.
This role is flexible around your skills and interests. These are some examples of what you could do:
- Building relationships with local decision makers - by holding events and meetings with, for example, MPs, local authorities, businesses, private individuals and organisations etc - to make the case for Ramblers’ campaigns.
- Engaging with other walkers to build support for campaigns, to raise their awareness of and enthusiasm and support for a country designed for walking, for example through gaining media coverage, hosting stalls or fundraising.
- Keeping an eye on what’s happening locally to inform Ramblers’ campaigns, for example by speaking to Ramblers’ groups and walkers and performing desk research to find out about key local authority meetings etc.
- Promoting Ramblers' campaigns locally and identifying and recruiting local people who are interested in becoming more involved with Ramblers’ campaigns at a less intensive pace e.g. attending a meeting or signing petitions but who are not able to commit time to an in-depth role.
There are lots of different issues that affect walkers. For example, if you’re particularly interested in climate change, walking in urban areas or protecting your local countryside, we can offer you the knowledge and training to take action. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in our national campaigns, such as Pathwatch. They’ll also be specific local issues that we’ll welcome your support with., as mentioned in 'where are we recruiting local organisers'.
You’ll be supported by Laura Burley, Campaigns Officer, from the Ramblers GB office. You’ll be given training and 1:1 support, which will be complemented by peer support from other volunteer campaigners. You’ll also be able to work with our members, many of whom are already campaigning on local and national issues.
The Ramblers is a campaigning charity and many of our groups and areas are already achieving a huge amount by campaigning locally. This new role will complement what is already happening and allow us to campaign on even more issues affecting walkers. We'll be able to offer more support to volunteers and members locally. We also hope that, through this role, we will be able to have more local impact on our national campaigns, such as Pathwatch.
No, you don’t need to be a member. We want to encourage as many people to get involved as possible. Of course, we hope that you’ll enjoy campaigning with the Ramblers and want to join us in the future. There are lots of benefits to being a member, including going on group walks, access to our routes library and discounts at stores such as Cotswold Outdoor.