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Ways to Volunteer

There are different ways to volunteer, depending on how much time you can give, what kind of knowledge or skills you have or want to develop, and where your interests lie. Below are some examples of roles that might be available in your area.

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Committee Member

Our local committees as the local face and voice of The British Horse Society are the heart of our volunteer team. Our volunteer officers find it a challenging but rewarding experience. By taking on one of these roles you  have the chance to use your skills and experience to benefit horses and people in your local areas, and also gives you the opportunity to get to know new people with similar interests in your area and learn new skills.

There are a wealth of volunteer opportunities with our committees, ranging from helping at events to taking on a specialised role or even coordinating the committee as a Chairperson.  

If you want to be at the frontline of our welfare work, then volunteering as a Welfare Officer could be the role for you. You will join a team of nearly 200 officers nationwide who provide aid, advice and support to thousands of equines and their owners.

Perhaps you would like to join our Access campaign and become an Access and Bridleways Officer. As our eyes and ears in your area you’ll promote your local bridleways and keep abreast of planning applications that could affect equestrian access routes.

You may feel that you have valuable skills in marketing or PR, or you might just want to get your voice heard. If that’s the case, then becoming a member of one of our many committees would be a wise choice. We believe that our members should be directly involved in the direction the Society takes, so this role is your chance to tell us what you think needs to be done.

You can find out more about local committee activities in your area, including details of your local committee and current vacancies. If want to get involved with your committee, but are not ready to take on a specialised role you are welcome to join as a committee member.

Details of our key volunteer roles are summarised below. Our role descriptions cover all of the main responsibilities, but you can take on as much or as little as you like and can set the geographical area you can cover. Whatever role you decide on, we'll provide you with support, training, resources and a volunteer network that will be there to help and guide you in your role. If you'd like any further information, please contact us

Chairman
Vice-Chairman
Secretary
Treasurer
Access and Bridleways Officer
Communications Officer
Education Officer
Events Officer
Membership Secretary
Riding and Road Safety Officer
Safety Officer
Welfare Officer

Our local committees and volunteers are supported by:

BHS English Regional Committee

English Regional Committees, support, create and sustain a locally active, growing and vibrant Society. They provide an opportunity for networking and sharing best practices and representing the views and experiences of the volunteers within their region at a Society level. The English Regional Committees include a Regional Officer for each specialised local committee role, they provide support and guidance to those specialised volunteer officers and represent their views at our Society wide Volunteer Consultation Committees.

BHS National Committees

There are national committees in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. In addition to the networking, feedback and dissemination roles of the English Regional Committees the National Committees have the additional role of considering National issues or differences. This includes, but is not limited to considering the impacts of policy and legislation. This is reflected in the composition and working practices of each committee. These additional responsibilities and roles are reflected in their Terms of Reference.

Chairman

Our County Committees are the local face of The British Horse Society. As the Chairman you will coordinate the committee, bringing everyone together as a team. Your role will be to ensure that the committee is delivering a range of activities that contribute to BHS charitable objectives.

You'll enthuse others to join and contribute to the committee conducting proceedings in an efficient, friendly and inclusive manner. As the Chairman, you'll be an advocate for The British Horse Society and the work in your area.

If you are not currently involved with your local committee, we recommend you contact your local Regional Manager to find out more about the BHS in your area.

Take a look at the full Chairman role profile (pdf) to find out more about what's involved and if you would like to apply complete a volunteer enquiry form.

Vice-Chairman

Our county committees are the local face of the British Horse Society. As the Vice-Chairman, you’ll help to coordinate the committee, bringing everyone together as a team.

You will deputise for the Chairman and assist them in delivering a range of activities that deliver our objectives in your area. Your Chairman may delegate some aspects of the committee management to you.

You’ll enthuse others to join and contribute to the committee and act as an advocate for the British Horse Society.

If you are not currently involved with your local committee we recommend you contact your local committee Chairman or local Regional Manager to find out more about the BHS in your area.

Take a look at the full Vice-Chairman role profile (pdf) to find out more about what's involved and if you would like to apply, complete a volunteer enquiry form.

Secretary

The Secretary is the clerical component of a successful committee. You will need to be a good administrator and organiser. In conjunction with the Chairman you will ensure the smooth running of the committee. You should have access to a computer and email, and have the ability to produce accurate, timely, typed minutes of each meeting.

If you are not currently involved with your local committee we recommend you contact your local committee Chairman or Regional Manager to find out more about the BHS in your area.

Take a look at the full Secretary role profile (pdf) to find out more about what's involved and if you would like to apply, complete a volunteer enquiry form.

Treasurer

As Treasurer you will be the steward of the committee’s finances. You will be responsible for the day-to-day financial record keeping and reporting.

Importantly, you will need to ensure that the financial activities of the committee are directed towards our charitable objectives. This will involve supporting the committee with budgeting for their activities.

Take a look at the full Treasurer role profile (pdf) to find out more about what's involved and if you would like to apply, complete a volunteer enquiry form.

Access and Bridleways Officer

The BHS Access Team, which includes our staff, volunteers and Equestrian Access groups, are seeking to improve the quality and quantity of safe off road riding and carriage driving for all equestrians across the British Isles.

As an Access and Bridleways Officer you would be undertaking a range of activities to meet the access priorities identified in your area. Such activities include, ensuring equestrian access is readily available for useas well as educating all equestrians and landowners about access. Another responsibility includes responding to access queries from local riders and carriage drivers, to raise awareness of access priorities in your area, and for the BHS.

Take a look at the full Access and Bridleways Officer role profile for England and Wales or Access Officer role profile for Scotland (pdf) to find out more about what's involved and if you would like to apply, complete a volunteer enquiry form.

Communications Officer

Our Communications Officers are essential to raising the profile of the Society.  You will showcase local initiatives and national campaigns, inspiring people to support us and get involved with our activities.

In this key local role you will ensure that the BHS brand is consistent at the local level and our communications (internally and externally) help us to build the local BHS communitythrough awareness and membership.

You will have the opportunity to support us to develop newsletters and resources, increase social media presence and engage with local media.

Take a look at the full Communications Officer role profile (pdf) to find out more about what's involved and if you would like to apply complete a volunteer enquiry form.

Education Officer

The British Horse Society committees are required to organise and promote a number of training and educational opportunities for riders.  By offering a varied range of educational opportunities for people who care for and ride horses, the BHS aims to secure better equitation, care and welfare standards for all equines. 

As an Education Officer you would support the planning, delivery and co-ordination of these activities. Working with your County Education Officer and committee you will be delivering opportunities that would benefit members and other equestrian enthusiasts in your area. This is a very exciting role, as our education team is working hard to update and rebrand our programme - this is a great time to get involved.

Take a look at the full Education Officer role profile (pdf) to find out more about what's involved and if you would like to apply, complete a volunteer enquiry form.

Events Officer

The British Horse Society committees are required to organise and promote a number of events for riders and horse enthusiasts. By offering a variety of activities we aim to increase peoples’ involvement and enjoyment of equestrian activities and raise awareness of and support for the BHS and our charitable objectives.

As Events Officer you would support the planning, delivery and coordination of events in your area.  These events will form a key part of the committees fundraising activities. Working with your County Events Officer and your committee you will identify the opportunities that would benefit members and other equestrian enthusiasts.

Take a look at the full Events Officer role profile (pdf) to find out more about what's involved and if you would like to apply, complete a volunteer enquiry form.

Membership Secretary

Membership is the lifeblood of the British Horse Society. BHS members provide not only valuable financial support for the charitable work of the organisation but also provide the organisation with a powerful voice and volunteer resource to deliver our charitable objectives.

This role is essential in attracting and retaining members in your area, and being a positive advocate for the organisation.

Take a look at the full Membership Secretary Role Description (pdf) to find out more about what's involved and if you would like to apply complete a volunteer enquiry form.

Riding & Road Safety Officer

The British Horse Society Riding and Road Safety Test has the power to save not only riders’ lives' but their horses' and other road users' - something which no other test or examination can do.

As a BHS Riding & Road Safety Officer, working with the Riding & Road Safety team at BHS HQ,you will promote safer riding on the roads and co-ordinate BHS Riding & Road Safety Tests within your county. You will ensure tests are carried out in accordance with the Terms of Reference, Rules and Regulations as laid down by the various examining bodies from time to time.

You will help to promote safer road riding and uptake of the Riding and Road Safety Test by arranging talks, demonstrations and information distribution.

You will be responsible for liaising with the test organisers, allocating assessors to Tests and be the point of contact for those wishing to take their Riding & Road Safety training and Test.

Take a look at the full Riding & Road Safety Officer role profile (pdf) to find out more about what's involved and if you would like to apply, complete a volunteer enquiry form.

Safety Officer

The British Horse Society Safety team, which includes both our staff and all our volunteers, seeks to achieve safer conditions for all equines and those involved with them.

As a BHS Safety Officer, you will be joining that team, working with the staff at BHS HQ and fellow volunteers. Our Safety Officers provide help and advice to equestrians on the broad remit of safety related issues which face them in daily life.

Our Safety Officers all have a good working knowledge of road safety and we encourage them to develop specialised knowledge in at least one of the issues addressed by horseaccidents.org.uk, including fireworks, dog attacks and low flying aircraft.

Take a look at the full Safety Officer role profile (pdf) to find out more about what's involved and if you would like to apply, complete a volunteer enquiry form.

Welfare Officer

The British Horse Society Welfare team are striving to make a difference for horses throughout the UK by providing advice and support for their owners and guardians. As a BHS Welfare Officer, you will be joining that team, working with the staff at BHS Headquarters and fellow volunteers.

We are not a rescue or rehoming charity but we work with people to improve horse welfare through increased knowledge and awareness of their needs. Being an advocate for the horse within the remit of equine law can provide rewarding results.

If you are passionate about horse welfare and enjoy working with people to make a difference this could be the role for you. Our Welfare Officers respond to welfare concerns providing information to the Welfare team at HQ and, if required, partner charities and statutory organisations.

You can also make a difference by raising awareness of current welfare campaigns and providing information and guidance to horse owners in your area.

Take a look at the full Welfare Officer role profile (pdf) to find out more about what's involved and if you would like to apply, complete a volunteer enquiry form.

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