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Ways to Volunteer

Going the extra mile to help The British Horse Society

Just by being a member you show fantastic support for The British Horse Society and the work we do, but if you want to help make a difference you can donate your time and become a British Horse Society volunteer.

Our local committees as the local face and voice of The British Horse Society are the heart of our volunteer team. You can find out more about your local committee activities in your area, including details of your local committee and current vacancies.

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 Chairman. You can find out more about the specialised roles below, if you are interested in joining us in a specific role please, use the enquiry form on this page to contact us. 

Some of our volunteers do not commit to a specific role, but are added to our casual volunteer database. This database contains the details of members who are happy to be called upon if we need their help. The roles are varied and can be anything from judging at an event to completing a bridleway survey for your area. You may not be contacted often, but we like to know that you are willing to help if needed. If you are interested in joining our casual volunteer team, get in touch. If you enjoy helping at events and shows why not join our British Riding Clubs Volunteer Club and register to help with our National Championships?

The British Horse Society local committees

Our committee volunteers find it a challenging but rewarding experience. Our volunteers have the chance to use their skills and experience to benefit horses and people in their local areas, being a part of our committees and learning new skills along the way. Being a committee member gives you the opportunity to get to know new people with similar interests in your area and learn new skills.

Your activities and achievements are essential to the work of The British Horse Society. So why not get involved?

Details of our key volunteer roles are summarised below. If you'd like any further information, please contact us. 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 want to get involved with your committee, but are not ready to take on a specialised role you can join as a committee member.

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

Chairman

Our 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 are delivering a range of activities that contribute to our charitable objectives.

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

Our Chairmen represent the volunteer on their committee and as such are elected by them. If you are not currently involved with your local committee we recommend you contact your Regional Development Officer / Nation Director to find out more about the BHS in your area.

Vice-Chairman

The Vice-Chairman deputises in the absence of the Chairman and also assists the Chairman in carrying out various aspects of the Chairman’s role, such as attending some outside meetings as the Society’s representative.

As Vice-Chairman you should have a sound knowledge of the roles of the committee and the workings of the Society. The best way to gain this knowledge is for you to work closely alongside the Chairman and help where possible.

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

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, typed minutes of each meeting.

If you have the organisational skills for the role and the enthusiasm to encourage others to join and contribute to the committee and act as an advocate for The British Horse Society, this could be the role for you.

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

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 activities. This will involve supporting the committee with budgeting for their activities.

If you are interested in this role please contact us and we will provide you with further information.

Access and Bridleways Officer

Improved and increased off-road access for horses, riders and carriage drivers is one of the key areas of work within The British Horse Society. Nearly all riders use or are affected by bridleways, and there are often strong opinions surrounding the issue. If you believe that equestrians should have increased access to more, and better bridleways, then why not get involved?

There are a number of roles within each committee ranging from County Access and Bridleways Officer (CABO), who will coordinate the volunteer team and lead on developing local partnerships to local officers focused on monitoring specific rights of way, researching historical routes or responding to access queries.

As an Access Officer, you'll need an understanding of The British Horse Society’s approach and procedures regarding access and rights of way. Training is provided for you to become fully aware of policy and current legislation.

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 community.

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

You will be part of a vibrant and expanding volunteer team, helping us to bring our charitable work to life.

You’ll be part of helping us bring our charitable work at the local level to life and You’ll be meeting and talking to lots of people developing relationships with local contacts and those who deliver our charitable and educational work locally.

Through the publicity of local activities and supporting us to regionalise and localise national campaigns and issues, you will build your practical media and communications skills and experience.

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.

The focus of the role is building the equestrian skills and knowledge of people in your area. As a result you will be meeting a range of people from those just starting on their equestrian journey to experienced and respected trainers and even celebrities. You will build your skills, experience and confidence and that of the people that access the educational activities in your area.

If you are interested in this role contact us to find out more.

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.

This role is all about having fun and getting people involved with horses and the BHS. You will be meeting lots of like-minded people, having new experiences and build your skills and knowledge. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that your events are supporting  the charitable aims of the BHS.

If you are interested in getting involved with running events for your local committee get in touch.

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.

Riding & Road Safety Officer

Road safety is so important to all equestrians, so we do all we can to encourage riders to be qualified in this area. If you share the same view as us, then why not become a Riding and Road Safety Officer?

The primary role of a Riding and Road Safety Officer is to co-ordinate the running of The British Horse Society Riding and Road Safety Tests within their respective county/region.

As a Riding and Road Safety Officer, you should be aware of who the trainers and examiners are for your area and where training is taking place, in order to help any prospective candidates to undertake training.

Additionally, whenever possible, you should actively promote rider and driver awareness to all road users as well as the benefits of wearing appropriate safe clothing at all times, including fluorescent / reflective equipment and riding hats to the standards recognised by The British Horse Society.

Where appropriate, you should liaise with your local BHS Access and Bridleways Officer.

Safety Officer

Are you:

  • Concerned by irresponsible drivers on the roads, dogs who chase you and people who don’t consider how their actions affect horse and rider safety?
  • Interested in technological innovations to improve horse and rider safety?

Do you:

  • Want to understand riding headgear, hi-viz clothing and body protection standards?
  • Want to know how you can feel as safe and confident as possible whilst mounted with all the latest equipment?
  • Want to make sure horse transport is legal and safe?

Why do we need Safety Officers?

Two of the charitable objectives of The British Horse Society are:

  • To promote and advance the education, training and safety of the public in all matters relating to the horse.
  • To promote the use, breeding, well-being and safety environment, health and management of the horse for the public benefit.

Put more simply, the Safety Department (which includes both volunteers and staff who deal with Safety) is seeking to achieve safer conditions for all equines and those involved in the care and use of equines.

Welfare Officer

Many welfare cases result from ignorance rather than willful cruelty. This makes the aim of ‘Prevention through Education’ even more poignant.

As a Welfare Officer you will be the point of contact for advice and guidance, as well as being available to be called out to investigate reported welfare concerns. Therefore, mobility and telephone access are required. You are not required to have any formal qualifications, but an in-depth knowledge of horses and practical experience is essential.

Dealing with people on a face-to-face basis is a key requirement of your role; therefore you must be approachable, confident, assertive, sympathetic and diplomatic.

It is paramount to promote the voice of The British Horse Society and work within the set policies and guidelines. Therefore, you will be required to attend training days and seminars and be able to communicate well with other welfare organisations.

You will only be able to act on behalf of the Society when you have completed introductory training and been issued with an ID card.

 

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