Ramblers Volunteer Development Day - Nottingham
Saturday, 23 April 2016 from 09:30 to 16:00 (BST)
Ramblers volunteers give their time, knowledge and skills to help everyone everywhere enjoy walking and protect the places we all love to walk. To support a variety of volunteer roles a series of volunteer development days has been organised over the next 12 months. They offer the opportunity to share ideas and help develop relevant skills and expertise. There will be full day, morning and afternoon workshops. Workshops run for approximately 2 hours and so you can take part in one workshop in the morning and one workshop in the afternoon. If you'd like to do more you can join us at more than one day. The workshops at this day are outlined below.
Introduction to leading group walks
What makes a good walk leader? Come along to this session to share your ideas and find out about best practice for leading walks with the Ramblers. We will also cover promoting walks, insurance and how to deal with challenging behaviour. This session is open to all – whether you are new to walk leading or are a seasoned walk leader.
This session is beneficial to new and experienced walk leaders. It’s a chance to share ideas and knowledge and to gain an understanding of the Ramblers guidance on leading walks.
Use the Ramblers website to get more people walking
Come along and find out about the benefits of using the Ramblers website and how the features can help your area and group. We will look at the main features of the website, which includes:
Ramblers Routes – our online library of walking routes
Group walks and events manager – our system for managing group walks and events
Area & Group webpages – editable webpages for every area and group which can be used for promotion and publicity
Promoting your group using social media
Looking to promote your group and attract new members? Join us to find out how to identify and reach your target audience, create messages that engage with them and build an online community using social media.
Understanding and explaining Ramblers mission and structure to members and the public
Leading a walk or doing footpath maintenance volunteers are asked a wide range of questions by members and the public about what we do. This session will equip you with a greater understanding of what we do across Great Britain, how we are structured and what our future plans are. You’ll leave with facts and figures and stories of our successes that you will be able to share.
Successful short walks
Come and share your ideas, pick up new tips, and learn how to get others from your group or area, including new volunteers, interested in short walks. In this session, you will find out what makes a successful short walk and create a practical action plan use with your area or group. We will explore how short walks can attract new walkers, including those from a ‘Walking for health’ or ‘Let’s walk Cymru’ walk.
The information in this session comes from other Ramblers groups who run short walks.
Managing challenges on your walk
Every walk leader will at some point have to deal with a challenging situation. In this session we will share ideas and good practice in dealing with difficult situations. We will look at real life situations that Ramblers volunteers have encountered and how their decisions affected the outcome. We will also discuss the resources that you might need ranging from equipment to emergency contact details.
The more people that give their time to the Ramblers means the more we can achieve. It also means that we can lighten the load of current volunteers and ensure we don’t ask individuals to do too much. This session will help you develop a process for recruiting volunteers whether you have a project you’re looking to undertake or just want to lighten the load for everyone.
Full day workshop:
This training 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.
When & Where
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.