Volunteering

 

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

 Our Volunteer Flyer

 

 

 Countryside Officer

We know you enjoy walking in our beautiful countryside

Would you also enjoy helping preserve that countryside so that we can all enjoy those walks for years to come? Then why not become a volunteer Countryside Officer for IOW Ramblers?

As a Ramblers volunteer you will be right at the heart of the organisation's work -  promoting walking and caring for the places people like to walk. As a Countryside Officer, you will use your skills, local knowledge and energy to represent IOW Ramblers in matters that might be detrimental to the local countryside. One of your key activities will be to monitor significant planning applications affecting the walking environment and to make written representation where appropriate.  You will liaise with representatives from similar organisations such as AONB, CPRE and NT that also safeguard the environment as well as gather information at local level on your own rambles.

You will also have opportunity to improve your existing skills and knowledge through training and mentoring. 

If you are interested in volunteering for the post and/or would like more information, please contact Patricia Macaulay Fraser Landline 01983 639336.   Mobile 0789 44 66 881.

 

 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

 

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.

 Arreton East

 Arreton West

 Brading                           

 Chale

 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