Let’s hear it for our volunteers

Path maintenance volunteers

We’re celebrating our volunteers and the work they do for walkers and are inviting you to get involved as one of the many organisations across the UK saying a thank you during Volunteers’ Week to people who volunteer.

As a charity we simply wouldn’t be able to carry out our mission without the help of the thousands of dedicated volunteers who help us to protect and expand the places people love to walk and promote walking to new people across Britain.

Rolling up their sleeves to keep paths clear, campaigning for walkers’ access rights, creating inspiring walking routes and leading sociable group walks – it’s all in a day’s work for our volunteers, who give their time entirely free of charge for the benefit of walkers everywhere.

Ramblers volunteers are great at what they do and have been telling us about their achievements and helping us build a map of paths they’ve successfully saved, created and unblocked so we can promote our work as a charity and encourage more people to get involved.

And the best thing of all is that our volunteers love what they do. “The sense of satisfaction when you have finished a job and walk away knowing you have made a small but worthwhile difference is immense” says Mike Fisher, a path maintenance volunteer for the Solihull Ramblers.

To recognise their efforts, our first President’s Volunteer Awards were held in April at General Council, our annual national conference, with awards being made for everything from ‘Donate a Gate’ initiatives to innovative walks programmes and sterling campaigning work.

There are lots of different ways to get involved as a Ramblers volunteer from joining a path maintenance team to devising great walking routes for people to explore and we’ve got an exciting new opportunity to join our Walk ‘n’ Talk team and help shape the future of the Ramblers.

If you’re not already feeling inspired to join in, why not read ‘Unsung heroes’ and ‘Hard graft and dedication’ the two-part blog written by Elena Fuller – a Ramblers volunteer herself – who has been meeting our tireless teams to give an even better insight into what they do.

You’ll find lots more about volunteering opportunities at the Ramblers – and can hear from some of our volunteers about the sort of activities they’re involved with – in our volunteer section. If you’re passionate about walking then volunteering for us could be just the thing for you!