Volunteering for the BMC

Posted by Tony Ryan on 01/10/2013

Volunteering with the BMC is not always as straightforward as volunteering for other groups. We do not have things going on monthly or weekly…events tend to be as and when needed. There are official committees that meet regularly who will be on the lookout for new blood, dependent upon your skills and knowledge.

There are several ways of getting involved:

At an area level: The BMC has nine local areas. These are: Lakes, London & South East, Midlands, North East, North West, Peak, South West, Yorkshire and Cymru Wales. BMC Cymru Wales is further divided into North Wales, Mid Wales and South Wales areas. Each area has a dedicated section on the BMC Local Areas website. Areas hold four or five meetings per year, where matters of local and national concern are debated. These are usually very sociable affairs that have become more “practical” and less “committee” as time has gone on. The meetings have a chair and secretary who generally keep things ticking over. They might like some help, or they might like to step down and let someone else have a go. These meetings are a good start for getting involved locally. Often, the local bods know where help can be best used far better than we do up here in Manchester.

Action groups: They are the provisional wing of the BMC, where action takes place to restore crags and paths, manage bolt funds and produce climbing guidebooks. Groups are active in most areas – if your area doesn’t have one, why not start one up? Be prepared to get bruised, muddy and fed with tea and cakes. Tree surgeons and environmental experts are always needed. 

Nationally: The BMC runs a number of specialist committees. They are expert committees dealing with matters of law, equity, conservation, guidebooks, child protection, equipment, walls, clubs, huts, training and competitions. If you have specific skills or knowledge that you think might be useful, or you would like to get involved with one of these groups out of a personal interest, please get in touch.

Get involved, get in touch: In the first instance, contact the BMC office in Manchester:
Email - office@thebmc.co.uk
Phone - 0161 445 6111

The BMC invests in its volunteers in three ways:

  • We reimburse all costs. This covers mileage, overnight accommodation where necessary, postage, meals and any other expense incurred in the execution of volunteer duties.
  • We offer relevant training to volunteers in their area of involvement. Not everyone needs this, but the offer is there. For example, Access Reps attend training courses a couple of times a year to keep themselves up to date with developments in legislation, technology and local developments.
  • We support volunteers’ work with publicity and promotion. This is through web media, commercial publications and our magazine Summit.

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