Do you want to give something back to the activities you love? There are lots of ways to get involved with the BMC and help shape the future of climbing, hill walking and mountaineering.
We’re looking for people with specific skills, professional expertise and lots of passion.
Here are five ways you could get involved:
1. Help at competitions
This could be anything from belaying at a BMC climbing competition to becoming a sight guide for blind or partially-sighted climbers. Full training is available for all aspects of competition
Interested? Contact Zoe Spriggins: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Crag clean-ups
These take place around the country at crags that need a bit of love to keep them in great shape for climbing.
Keep an eye out for details of clean-ups via the BMC Area Facebook pages and on the Sandstone Volunteers Group Facebook page.
3. Local area activities
The BMC is split into ten geographical areas: eight in England and two in Wales. Come along to the next meeting in your area to discuss the latest issues and see how you can get involved.
Interested? Find out more about what happens at BMC Area Meetings and the dates of upcoming meetings. Turn up and you may even be treated to a top guest speaker and free chips!
4. Technical experts (to contribute to specialist committees)
Our specialist committees cover the broad interests of the BMC from access to equity, from guidebooks to land management, from competitions to climbing walls...you name it. Read more about the not so secret work of the specialist committees. You'll be amazed at the amount they do on your behalf!
Interested? Get in touch with the committees through the BMC community site or contact the BMC office: email email@example.com or call 0161 445 6111.
5. Volunteer at BMC events
The BMC holds and supports various events throughout the year; these include student seminars, disability symposiums, Women in Adventure film events, clubs seminars and BME symposiums. Find out what went on at the latest BME Symposium.
Interested in getting involved with events, contact the BMC office: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 445 6111.
Associated Charities and Trusts: In addition to the BMC's specialist committees there are also a range of associated trusts with volunteer boards who deal with conservation issues, land management, heritage and training:
BMC Access & Conservation Trust
BMC Land & Property Trust
Mountain Heritage Trust
Mountain Training Trust
BMC representatives on International bodies: The BMC has representatives on a number of international bodies, including the UIAA, IFSC and EUMA.
How many volunteers does the BMC have?
Overall we have over 500 volunteers: at least 200 volunteers are involved in climbing competitions and around 60-70 help with our access and conservation work. Plus if you add up all those involved with our nine regional groups across England and Wales and ten or so specialist committees that's another 200.
Dave Turnbull said: “One of the greatest strengths of the BMC is the partnership between staff and volunteers. As far as the office is concerned, supporting our volunteer force is one of our core priorities.
“In 2010 we started up the George Band Award for exceptional vountary contribution to the BMC and mountaineering to recognise the hard work of volunteers."
You never know, one day you could be presented with the George Band Award yourself!"
Ben Lyon receiving the 2016 George Band Award from BMC president Rehan Siddiqui. Ben was recognised for his significant role in the BMC’s Technical Committee over many years. Photo: Jim Krawiecki.
Get involved, get in touch
If you are interested in volunteering with us please follow the link to our webpage for new volunteers.
The winners of the 2020 BMC Volunteer Awards have now been announced!
READ: 2020 BMC Volunteer Award winners announced
READ: Find out who last year's winners were
Find out more about the work that goes on behind the scenes with the BMC specialist committees:
Behind the scenes: access and conservation
Behind the scenes: clubs
Behind the scenes: equity
Behind the scenes: guidebooks
Behind the scenes: huts
Behind the scenes: international mountaineering
Behind the scenes: land management
Behind the scenes: technical equipment
Behind the scenes: training, youth and walls
Find out more about: BMC specialist committees
BMC Volunteer survey
We're keen to understand more about BMC volunteers and have put together a survey for all current volunteers, previous volunteers and those who might want to volunteer in future.
Read more and complete the survey here