Ladies: It's time to volunteer for the BMC

Posted by Joanna Rowbottom on 09/03/2016

Ladies, we need you! Our statistics show that fewer women are involved in BMC activities than men, from participation through to BMC board members. We’d like to have more female representation across all areas, especially as volunteers in our voluntary committees and technical working groups. Whatever time you have, and wherever your interests lie, it would be really great to have you on board.

Our main opportunities to volunteer within the BMC fall into two areas, BMC committee groups and local area meetings. There are some current voluntary opportunities below for some of the BMC committee groups listed.

Committee Groups

BMC Safeguarding Group

When and where: We meet every three months in Manchester.

What we need: People with experience working in Child Safeguarding or Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults to sit on the BMC’s Safeguarding Group as an active and attending member.

What you’ll need: Experience working in Child Safeguarding or Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults.
 

Equity Steering Group

When and where: We meet every three months in Manchester.

What we need: People with experience in equity and climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering. The group is responsible for identifing and breaking down the barriers to engage those from underrepresented groups across all areas of the BMC's work. Some examples of underrepresented groups are women and girls, disabled people and BME communities.

What you’ll need: Knowledge of equity – either a general overview or knowledge within a specific area.
 

BMC Access Rep

When and where: With this flexible role, you can commit as much time as you are able to give to volunteer within your local area.

What we need: People who are able to assess access to local crags and support new venues being opened up. 

What you’ll need: You should be a keen climber with a good knowledge of the local area. You’ll also need to be a good communicator and negotiator, and able to build relationships locally with land owners.
 

Local Area Meetings

Area meetings are the main forum for members to contribute to discussions about climbing, hill walking and mountaineering issues in their area.  Meetings are held four or five times a year and local areas may organise events which often require additional volunteers for support.  If you’re passionate about hill walking, climbing and mountaineering in your local area, attending your local are meeting is great way to give back. At the end of the year the local areas hold their AGM's where more specific roles may be available, such as chair, secretary or youth rep.  

Find out when your next area meeting is.
 

Yorkshire Area Hillwalking Representative – One space only

When and where: Meetings normally take place in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, and there are five area meetings a year. Along with time to assist developing or attending any special hillwalking events that are put forward, the post also has the option of attending the national BMC hillwalking working group which meets four times a year in Manchester.

What does a hillwalking representative do? In this role, the representative will suggest ways in which the area can develop its hill walking work by identifying key local issues, suggesting debate topics, and inviting speakers. Other duties include helping hill walking-interested members with queries, concerns or requests for support, looking out for opportunities to include hill walking in existing area events, and developing hill walking area events.

What you’ll need: Bags of enthusiasm for hillwalking and some hillwalking experience.

 

Events

Peak District Local Area: Walk Leaders at BMC’s AGM

When and where: YHA Castleton as part of the BMC’s AGM weekend on 16/17 April. The BMC’s AGM has a women’s focus so there's no better time to get involved.

What we need: People to assist with taking a group of other hill walkers on one or two already planned hill walks. We need a couple extra leaders to accompany them and engage with the walkers, ensuring the group stays together.

What you’ll need: You should be an existing BMC member and have experience of leading groups in the hills of Britain (experience leading in the Peak District around Castleton and Edale a particular advantage, although not essential). It would be helpful if volunteers are already holders of one of Mountain Training's hill walking leadership awards.
 

Student Seminar Volunteer

When and where: Plas y Brenin, 8/9 October – two days each year. BMC provide food and accommodation for the weekend and reimburse volunteers their travel expenses.

What we need: Help co-delivering walking or climbing session to small groups of students.

What you need: Appropriate Mountain Training award – ML, SPA, CWA or higher.

If you’d like to find out more or submit your interest in any of these roles please complete this short application form and email to Joanna@thebmc.co.uk.

If there isn’t a role mentioned here that applies to you but you’d like to offer your time to volunteer for the BMC we’d love to hear from you, so please send through your application form.


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