Volunteering

Any member wishing to take on a volunteering role within the Group must first register on Assemble on the Ramblers web site, Home - Ramblers and click the link to the Volunteer Zone where there are instructions on how to get yourself signed up. Once you are registered you may access a gold mine of information on what Volunteering is all about and the benefits to you and the Group.

 

Walk Leaders

We are always looking for members to step up to the plate and lead fellow members along their favorite countryside and coastal highways and byways in this lovely part of England. There is loads of support from Ramblers centrally and from within our Group. A few key pointers are set out below and if this role appeals to you, then do please get in touch with Tim G, email walksswsussexramblers@gmail.com or telephone 07753 172002

Look forward to hearing from you.

The starting point in familiarising yourself is on Assemble, Walk Leader Foundations. Once you have come on board we shall keep in regular touch particularly in the run up to production of our Walks Programme, an exercise we undertake three times a year covering the period April to July, August to November and December to March. You will be asked to submit walks using a submission form to the Walks Programme Co-ordinator. Pre covid this could be likened to setting a tablet of stone at least a month before the period started. Very labour intensive for the Walk Leaders and the Programme Co-ordinator and committing Walk Leaders to running a walk may be four to five months hence. Ramblers centrally are working hard to update the workings of the organisation and are introducing measured to allow us to be more agile in our programming. This has been particularly important in the COVID influenced days from 2019 to date.

A new submission form has been drawn up which are (hopefully!) less demanding in terms of completion. To assist in the exercise, Walk Leaders will have a document listing every start point of a walk over the past 5 years. By simply inserting the relevant number of the start location on your submission form, this will have all that is required to provide accurate information regarding the start point of the walk. Unless, of course, your walk starts somewhere new to our Group, in which case you will have to complete the relevant information to enable the Programme Co-ordinator to get the detail uploaded.

Prior to leading a walk, you should recce the walk, taking note of anything relevant to the event. The cost of travel to and from the walk we do encourage walk leaders to have reimbursed. Claim forms are available from the Group Secretary, mailto:swsussexramblers@gmail.com or telephone 07753 172002 Following completion the form should be forwarded via email or Royal Mail to the Group Treasurer.

A Risk Assessment will need to be prepared, in conjunction with the Walk Leader checklist. Both these are available in Assemble on the Ramblers website, Document Hub, Group Walks, Leading Walks.

 

Local Footpath Warden

Ideally, we would like to see a Footpath Warden in place covering every Parish on what we would term our home turf. Loosely, this is the Hampshire border to the West, the eastern borders of the River Arun to the East and the Surrey border to the North.

We currently have vacancies for the following Parishes:

Birdham, Cocking, Earnley, Easebourne, East Lavington, East Wittering, Fernhurst, Heyshott, Linch, Lurgashall, Marden, Milland, Southbourne, Stoughton, West Dean, West Itchenor and West Wittering.

For further information on the role please contact the Group Secretary Tim G via email, mailto:swsussexramblers@gmail.com or telephone 07753 172002  ,too there are more details in Assemble on the Ramblers Website, Home - Ramblers .

 

Path Maintenance Teams

Sussex Area, following an approach for assistance from West Sussex County Council, would like to see teams established in each Group in West Sussex to undertake maintenance work to local paths mainly used by the respective Groups, either on personal or Group walks. However, until the numbers involved allow this, it may be necessary to start with a county-wide team.  Tasks such as vegetation clearance, way-marker repairs and those than can be carried out using simple hand tools with limited training would form most of the effort, but repair of stiles and other path furniture may in due course be a development for those with more practical skills.  A schedule of tasks would be published in advance and volunteers could choose which ones they wish to attend – it has been found useful elsewhere to nominate a fixed date, say the 2nd Tuesday of each month, so everyone knows the commitment.  Personal accident insurance cover will be given in addition to the public liability cover already in place and tools and suitable protective clothing/equipment would be provided as necessary.

If the idea appeals to you, please contact your Group Secretary, Tim G, Group Secretary to register your interest. In turn your information will be passed on to the Area representative. Once the response overall is known you will be contacted regarding future plans.  If you have any queries in the meantime, please Tim G., tel. 07753 172002.