The BMC Celebrates Volunteers Week 2021

Posted by Mariella Sullivan on 07/06/2021

A time to say thanks. Over the past week the BMC has been celebrating the incredible work of volunteers across the organisation who contribute to the hill walking, climbing and mountaineering community.

Following the themes from NCVO we have focused in on the work of various volunteers, spotlighting individuals and allowing them to share their stories with the wider community at the BMC. 
Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity to recognise and thank volunteers across the UK. This year, the 37th annual Volunteers Week is taking place during the Month Of Community. The Month of Community, launched by The Eden Project Communities, is about creating a focal point in the year to encourage us all to think about and join in with a wide variety of activity happening in our local communities. A time to connect in our neighbourhoods, give back, say thank you and shine a light on the amazing communities we live in, our community spirit will become stronger and we will all feel the benefits.
During what has been an exceptionally difficult year volunteers have worked tirelessly to support those around them. In the hill walking, climbing and mountaineering community this has been no exception and we would like to say a special thanks to those who have helped to keep the countryside open and supported access at a time when nature and getting active has been, and become, a crucial element of our lives, for happiness and good health.
Read on and follow the links to take a look at our Volunteers' Week content.

Tuesday 1st June - A Time to Say Thanks

We kicked off the campaign by saying a massive thank you to all our volunteers who support the work of the BMC. The pandemic was a challenging time for all of us, but a time when many of us found some respite in nature, so now more than ever we would like to thank those who helped keep the countryside open during this challenging time. Thank you to those who help others to get out and enjoy walking, mountaineering and rock climbing, protecting, conserving and sharing outdoor spaces for the benefit of all. 

Wednesday 2nd June - The Power of Youth

To celebrate the inspiring work of young volunteers we would like to introduce you to two volunteers who sit on our Student Panel and also volunteer at their own university clubs.

Click here to read their stories. 

Thursday 3rd June - Employer Supported and Skilled Volunteering

The recent BMC AGM saw the election of three new nationally elected councillors to the BMC Members' Council. To welcome Rose Gare-Simmons, Steve Clark and Aaron Hodgson to the council and to thank them for their work, we asked them to answer a few questions about their interest in rock climbing, hill walking and mountaineering and their intentions for their new role. 

Click here to read the article.

Friday 4th June - Celebrating Local Areas

We wanted to share with you a little more about the volunteers at local areas and what they get up to. We asked volunteers to share with us some photos of their activities. You can view the gallery here. 

Saturday - Environment and Conservation

There are so many volunteers who work on environment and conservation at the BMC, from reporting nesting birds on our Regional Access Database, to supporting the work of The Climate Project, but today we have decided to celebrate our Hills 2 Oceans volunteers who have been taking to the hills in their hundreds to collect litter and help prevent plastic pollution. Read more about Hills2Oceans and our Million Mile Mountain Clean and take a look at our H2O gallery to celebrate volunteers week. 

Sunday - BMC Volunteer Awards

Today is all about celebrating our BMC Volunteer Award Winners 2021. Click here to read the article and watch the video here

Monday - Volunteers' Week Close

A final THANK YOU to all the BMC volunteers and volunteers across the UK. Your work helps to make our communities safer, happier, healthier and more joyful places. 

Click the links below to view more Volunteers Week 2021 content: 

A time to say thanksThe power of youth - Employer supported and skilled volunteers - Local area volunteers - Environment and conservation - BMC volunteer awards

Get Involved! Find out how to volunteer at the BMC.

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