Volunteering

 

Behind all our walking, we need good administrators to function. Can you help ..........

 Our Volunteer Flyer

 

 

A vacancy has arisen for the volunteer post of Isle of Wight Ramblers Group Chair

The main purpose of the role is toSeascape_BK promote the aims of the Ramblers in the Group by ensuring that discussion and decision-making in the Group are conducted in an efficient, friendly and inclusive manner. 

By facilitating disciplined meetings and building links with committee members, the Chair keeps the wheels of the committee oiled and moving.

What's in it for you: This is an opportunity to use your organisation skills to help the Isle of Wight Ramblers achieve its goals. You will be working as part of a team and meeting lots of new faces. 

What we need from you:

  • A passion for walking and an affinity with all the charitable aims of the Ramblers.
  • An ability to motivate and engage with fellow volunteers on the committee and to encourage discussions in meetings.
  • Well-organised and reliable
  • Knowledge of the Group constitution and a commitment to the Ramblers democratic principles.

What you could be doing:

  • Discussing the agenda with the Group Secretary and deciding the order of agenda items
  • Getting the meeting started promptly and keeping the discussions 'on track' throughout the meeting.
  • Facilitating a culture of open, respectful discussion where all those who are keen to contribute are given the opportunity to do so.
  • Arranging the casting of votes on agenda items where necessary, and exercising the chair's casting vote if required.
  • Ensuring that the date, time and venue for the next meeting is agreed upon at the close of the meeting.

If you think you can help or even undertake some of the role - please contact Jacky Carter, Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01983 506077 or e-mail carter.jacky@yahoo.co.uk


A vacancy has arisen for the volunteer post of Isle of Wight Ramblers Area Secretary   

The main purpose of the role is to ensure the committee keeps running effectively through good administration.   This role would suit you if you like being organised and sorting out all the details. Secretaries need to be good at building relationships with the rest of the committee, especially the Chair. You will also need to be comfortable using a computer and the internet.     

What's in it for you: This is an opportunity to use your organisation skills to help the Isle of Wight Ramblers achieve its goals. You will be working as part of a team and meeting lots of new faces. 

Why you are needed?

The Secretary holds a pivotal position on the committee. They work with the Chair to ensure the smooth running of the committee, particularly looking at the logistics. They make sure that everyone keeps in touch and information is shared. Secretaries also keep on top of record keeping and bring basic policies, such as Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults, to the attention of the committee. 

What you could be doing?

Circulating agendas and reports ahead of meetings, taking minutes, working with the Chair to compile the annual report, answering queries from the public, keeping in touch with the other officers, booking meeting rooms & planning the AGM, maintaining up-to-date records of office holders and keeping in touch with central office. 

If you think you can help or even undertake some of the role - please contact Jacky Carter, Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01983 506077 or e-mail carter.jacky@yahoo.co.uk 

 

What Does a Footpath Representative Do?

For each Island Parish, Ramblers Footpath representatives are our 'Eyes and Boots on the ground' to help ensure that easy access is maintained along all our public footpaths.   

Footpaths are checked twice a year for:

  • General path condition and obstructions
  • Condition of footpath stiles, bridges and gates
  • Positioning and condition of signs

Due to recent retirements, we now have volunteer opportunities for new footpath representatives in the following parishes.

 Calbourne

 Gatcombe

 Niton                           

 Ryde

 Seaview

 We also need volunteers to help and support in other areas.

How is it achieved?

Gain a clear understanding of the boundaries, rights of way, permissive paths and access areas within the Parish network.  

 Walk all paths twice yearly, to assess their condition and report any defects.

 Keep a watching brief on the network throughout the year, to identify and report issues.

 Be aware of and contribute your ideas to footpath initiatives that affect your parish, such as path closures, diversions, campaigns, Donate a Gate, and other path improvement projects.

 Progressively develop an understanding of basic Rights of Way law and practices.

You will be supported with all the necessary information and training to carry out this role. 

If you care about the quality of your local footpaths and feel able to help, please contact

Jacky Carter on 07506659720 or 01983 506077 - Email carter.jacky@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

Our Work Parties

We currently have about 20 people who help with the Work Parties. This work is not only interesting and varied but also very rewarding. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends and (perhaps) enjoy a pint in the pub afterwards!

Training and tools are provided.

For more information about helping with our Work Parties please contact Mike Marchant on 01983 564909 or email: mike.marchant@talktalk.net