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.

The main opportunities to volunteer with the BMC fall into two areas, nationally, mainly with BMC committee groups looking at specific work areas and BMC local area meetings.

At an area level

The BMC has ten local areas, each of which 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 all have a chair and secretary who organise and run the meetings, as well as:

  • National Council representatives who represent the areas views on national issues, and who report back on national issues at the area meetings 
  • access representatives who work on the ground with landowners and conservation bodies to maintain and improve acess to climbing and walking areas
  • area youth co-ordinators who help to organise the local rounds of the annual BMC Youth Climbing Series
  • clubs representatives who represent local clubs on the BMC clubs committee
  • climbing wall reps who liaise with local walls
  • hill walking representatives who work to widen the scope of issues covered at Area Meetings and increase the appeal of meetings to hill walkers 

Volunteers are elected into these roles at the area AGMs (which typically happen in November).

Areas also may have volunteers who are involved in the organising and running of:

  • local area festivals 
  • social media pages
  • area newsletters. 

Find out more about BMC area meetings here

Find out if there are any vacant roles in your local area here

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

Specialist Committees: The BMC runs a number of specialist committees, they are made up of experts dealing with matters of law, finance, equity, access, guidebooks, child protection, equipment, walls, clubs, huts, training and competitions.

The committees help to guide the work of BMC officers, as well as helping to organise training events. 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.

Board of Directors: The BMC's board of 12 people is made up of the Chair, President and CEO, as well as three National Council representatives (selected by National Council), three Independent Directors, and three Nominated Directors.

Vacancies for the Chair, Independent and Nominated Director roles are advertised on the BMC jobs page.

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 representatives on International bodies: The BMC has representatives on a number of international bodies, including the UIAA, IFSC and EUMA

Get involved, get in touch

In the first instance, please contact the BMC office in Manchester stating your area of interest and/or expertise:
Email - volunteering@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.

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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