This page is for BMC Volunteers to find information to support them in their role.

The aim of this page is to provide a go-to page for volunteers when they are looking for general information to help them in their role.  If the information isn't here let us know and we'll do something about it!


Volunteer Responsibilities

Following the adoption of a new constitution at the 2018 AGM, the BMC has updated its guidance on responsibilities delegated to volunteers and the circumstances under which matters should be referred to the Board of Directors for consideration or approval.

Volunteers are highly valued within the BMC, and the importance of improving support for the BMC’s volunteer network is readily acknowledged and forms part of the work of the Organisational Development Group, with the BMC President playing a key role in this aspect of work

Download guidance on volunteer responsibilities


Volunteer led Events

All of the BMC area festivals, youth meets and GB Climbing Team events are organised by BMC volunteers. Volunteers also organise events such as crag clean ups and walks. If you are planning or interested in planning a BMC event you should read the guidance on the website and submit an Event Approval form and Risk Assessment where appropriate.

Read guidance on organising a BMC event

Download guidance for the organisers of BMC area festivals


Volunteers and GDPR

All volunteers supporting the BMC at BMC events or who sit on BMC committees need to ensure that any personal data that they have access to is dealt with according to GDPR (General Data Protection Act) rules.  

Read guidance on what volunteers should do with personal data


Volunteer Recognition Awards

There are several Recognition Awards that the BMC presents to volunteers each year.  Recipients must be nominated by BMC members, the nominations are considered by a panel, and the awards announced at a special dinner over the weekend of the BMC AGM. 

Find out more about BMC Volunteer Awards

Nominate a volunteer for an award


Volunteer Expenses

For those volunteers attending certain BMC activities, such as specialist committee meetings or when invited to specific events, then expenses can be paid. Claims should be submitted promptly and be supported by relevant receipts.

Download a BMC Volunteer expense claim form


Child Protection Training

Free child protection training is available to BMC members who support activities to under 18s

Click here to read more. 


Useful links

Volunteering for the BMC
BMC Staff Contacts
BMC Specialist Committees

The nominations process for the 2020 BMC Volunteers Awards is now open. 

Nominate a volunteer for an award


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

Keen to get involved with our work? Find out how you can volunteer with the BMC here


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

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