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Welcome to the Ramblers Roadshow 2017
Join us to find out more about how to get the most out of your Ramblers membership, to meet other members and volunteers and get direct access to our walking experts and specialist partners at one of our free Ramblers Roadshows.
Learn more about our organisation and vision, what we do as a charity and the impact that we make, as well as the chance to develop your skills and knowledge as a walker or as a volunteer.
Choose from our selection of free workshops. Whether you're just taking your first steps as a walker or are a regular volunteer with the Ramblers you'll find a workshop for you. We've outlined each workshop and who they are aimed at.
In the morning you can choose from:
- First aid for walkers and basic map skills - This workshop is split into two sessions. The first aid section is run by the British Red Cross and aimed at anyone who goes out walking. It will help you build your knowledge so that you feel confident if something ever goes wrong. The map skills session is for new walkers, or current walkers who would like to brush up on basic map reading skills.
- Introduction to walk leading - This is for anybody who leads group walks, or would like to start. It will take you through the basics of how to prepare and lead walks. There will also be the opportunity to share your experiences and learn from other walk leaders.
- Using the Ramblers website to get more people walking - This is for any volunteer who is involved in the development or promotion of a walking programme, or helps to manage a group or area’s web presence. It focuses on how you can use the Ramblers website, Group Walks and Events Manager and Ramblers Routes to make group activities engaging and attractive.
- Using social media to promote your group - This workshop is aimed at volunteers who want to do more social media promotion. It will help you to identify and reach your target audience, create engaging messages and build an online community using social media.
- Basics of Rights of Way - This workshop is aimed at anyone who is involved in our Rights of Way work or would like to know more. It is an overview of the law relating to Rights of Way and access it covers some of the most common questions we get asked about by members of the public and volunteers.
In the afternoon you can choose from:
- Rights of way: specialist areas - This session will look at the definitive map and “lost ways”, and the Deregulation Act 2015 and the effect it will have on our rights of way work
- Retaining members and recruiting new ones - This session is all about attracting new walkers to membership via group activities and encouraging current members to get involved with group activities. Communicating and promoting membership to new and potential members is possible when we know and understand what our current and potential members want out of membership.
- Supporting the volunteer journey - To help volunteer managers deliver a consistent volunteer experience across their area, group or activity, by making them aware of how to use the support tools available
- An introduction to short walks and making health walk links - Short walks are a great way to diversify your group walks programme and to attract new walkers and leaders. We'll look at why they are a valuable addition to your programme, what makes a successful short walk, ideas to get other volunteers and walkers interested, how to integrate short walks into your programme and how to link up with your local health walk scheme
- Managing challenges on group walks - Every walk leader will, at some point, have to deal with a challenging situation. In this session we'll look at real life situations that Ramblers volunteers have encountered and discuss how to resolve them. We will also consider how best to be prepared including equipment and ways to contact emergency services.
We’re also running an all-day treasurer training workshop. The session is primarily aimed at new Treasurers and will be covering all the major areas of guidance for Treasurers, including: The role of Treasurer, Use of charitable funds, budgeting & reserves, banking, bookkeeping & accounts and some other policy areas. Please select treasurer training in the morning and afternoon on the booking page for this workshop.
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The Ramblers helps everyone, everywhere, enjoy walking and protects the places we all love to walk. We are the only charity dedicated to looking after paths and green spaces, leading walks, opening up new places to explore and encouraging everyone to get outside and discover how walking boosts your health and your happiness.
The leading voice on walking matters, nationally and near you; we protect, maintain and keep an expert eye on every single path you walk. Because of us, you can explore the wilds of the Scottish countryside, walk along the pioneering Welsh Coast Path and enjoy England’s stunning national parks and trails.
Whether you’re just taking your first steps or are a seasoned walker, we can provide the expert advice and support you need to get the most out of the great outdoors. From our vast range of group walks to our expertly developed Ramblers Routes, we offer thousands of ways to start and keep you walking.
So if you love the great outdoors, enjoy the places you walk now and want to open up more of beautiful Britain, take an extra step and join us today. By becoming one of our members, joining our team of dedicated volunteers or simply supporting our work, together we can get everyone, everywhere walking.