What should volunteering look like?

I've recently made a discovery about where I live. Just 500 meters up the road is one end of the starting point of OS mapping. Incredible to think that for the last 8 years I've lived with this historic landmark literally under my nose.

When General Roy set out in the first triangulation of Britain I can't help thinking that he had no idea what he was starting. It's nothing short of a national institution and I can't imagine what life would be like without a trusty OS map.

Over the past 18 months the Ramblers have been building a map. A huge group of people including volunteers, staff and trustees have been surveying ramblers volunteering and talking about what it looks like and what it should look like in the future.

Ramblers volunteersIt's been an incredibly exciting 18 months and the result is our new approach to volunteering. However, now the map is complete how do we make sure we make our approach a reality? Just as with General Roy's map it’s very interesting but of no practical use unless we have a route planned across it.

So now it's time to create our route card and the check points on this route that we want to follow? Of course we've started talking about this already but to make sure we all follow it we need to be make sure it is relevant to every ramblers volunteer. We've already had input from nearly 500 people through the volunteer sounding board, the volunteer survey and various feedback workshops but now we'd like to hear your ideas.

So I'm going to finish my blog with three questions for you:

1. If you were starting as a volunteer what would you most need?

2. Have you ever had a lightbulb moment about ramblers volunteering? If so tell us what it is.

3. What 1 activity would you like to undertake to increase the sense of fun, satisfaction and enjoyment you get from being a ramblers volunteer?

You can tweet your answers to me @EW1983, drop me an email to ed.wilson@ramblers.org.uk or post your ideas on our facebook page or add your thoughts to the comments below.

Thank you!