Restarting Group Events: Guidance for volunteers

Events, training and AGMs

When you are organising group events, you must follow the latest government guidelines, which will vary depending on where you live.

Meeting virtually might be the best option for your group. In recent months, Ramblers groups and areas have been connecting online – using tools such as Zoom, Whatsapp and Skype to carry out Ramblers business and stay in touch socially.

If you do plan to meet in person, you must:

  1. Understand the risks: take any steps you need to stay safe.
  2. Limit the group size: remember, group size restrictions may be different for indoor and outdoor gatherings. Check latest government guidelines.
  3. Stay safe by physically distancing: follow government guidelines on physical distancing, travel and transport. Avoid sharing food, drink or equipment.

We strongly recommend choosing an outdoor location wherever possible.

Resources to help you restart group events:

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Can we plan a social event at the end of a Ramblers walk?

If you plan to spend time together at the end of the walk, you must follow the latest government guidance on physical distancing and group size for meeting people outside your household. The exemption that allows Ramblers group walks to take place does not apply to group social events.

Can we organise group holidays?

If you are planning a holiday, please check the government advice on travel and overnight stays for your destination.

While Ramblers group walks may be able to resume, other parts of your holiday will be subject to government restrictions on social gatherings. The exemption that allows Ramblers group walks to take place does not apply to group social events. New restrictions may also come into place at short notice, impacting travel and the number of people or households who can meet together.

Please exercise caution – we do not recommend booking group trips at this time, and encourage you not to plan too far ahead.

Can we organise a training event?

If you organise a training event, we strongly recommend choosing an outdoor location or an online meeting. Always check the current restrictions where you live, and follow the government guidelines.

You must limit numbers appropriately to ensure a safe environment, and provide a good learning experience. We recommend a maximum of 15 participants – but smaller groups may be more practical, depending on the activity. 

If your training course is being organised by an external training provider, they must put suitable physical distancing and hygiene measures in place, in line with government guidance for their business.

Are you delivering Ramblers Walking for Health cascade training?

As we gradually restart activities, the safety of our volunteers and walkers is our priority. Staff will not be delivering Ramblers Walking for Health cascade training.

If you need to find a cascade trainer to train walk leaders in your scheme please use the training calendar to find already scheduled sessions.

If there are none in your area, please use the walk finder to find another local scheme to get in touch with and see if they have any training planned that they can support you with.

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