Volunteering: What's next?

Volunteer Week has been about marking the monumental efforts by volunteers and so it's only right to stop and look at how we are making sure that every Ramblers volunteer has a positive and rewarding experience in the future.

It’s now been a year since we launched Our approach to volunteering - the document that sets out how we can be a great organisation for volunteers now and in the future. Of course all the stories that came out last week showed just how impressive Ramblers volunteering is. But our approach will act as a guide to take it to the next level. 

If our approach is the guide then we need to get everyone involved in some way in this journey. Having travelled all round Britain talking to area and group officers I have seen first-hand how this is already starting to happen and if you’ve not been on a volunteer development day session it’s well worth coming along to.

Our approach was only made possible because of the involvement of a number of different people. One specific group is the volunteer sounding board who has given their time, skills and knowledge to support these developments. In Volunteer Week it’s good to stop and recognise them for all that they have done to start this journey.

The sounding board has been successful because it has been able to bring many different views about volunteering together and discuss how it should develop. If you have ideas about our future volunteering, being a member of the volunteer sounding board is the perfect role for you. Why not get in touch and find out more?

It’s easy to talk about the support that we are developing but with over 25,000 volunteers already giving their time to the Ramblers, what are we doing to support volunteering now?

You may have heard about the series of volunteer development days that are currently taking place all round the country. With five events still to go there’s plenty of time to get involved. The days are based around a number of workshops from rights of way to leading group walks, or talking about walking, to treasurer training.

It's an opportunity to share ideas and solve problems with people in similar roles, and find out what we're doing across a whole range of areas. This is just one of the activities we’re undertaking but if there’s specific support that you’d like to develop volunteering in your group or area, then get in touch to find out more.

Looking back over the last year and seeing the things we have achieved fills me with a huge amount of excitement about what we’ll all be writing in June 2016!