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Isle of Man Committee

County Equestrian Safety Adviser

Hilary Shimmin

Equestrian Safety Adviser

Helen Goldie
missmoneypenny@manx.net

Committee Vacancies

Chairman 

The Chairman of a committee has a major influence on the way that a committee works together. They determine the tone of meetings, they lead by example and ensure meetings are civilised, fun and well organised gatherings.

The Chairman role is an elected role. In most cases you will join the committee as a Committee Member, getting to know the team, what they do and what the priorities and challenges are in the area. After some time with the committee there will then be the option to be put forward for election into the Chairman role. 

Take a look at the full Chairman Role profile (pdf) to find out more about what is involved. If you would like to apply complete and return a Volunteer Enquiry Form to volunteer@bhs.org.uk 

Vice-chairman 

Vice Chairmen are the first step to continuity for a committee. They are a backup for the Chairman and provide support for the Secretary. Vice Chairmen will often take on their role out of an interest in becoming a Chairman. You will work with your Chairman to support your local volunteer team, encouraging quieter volunteers to attend meetings and take part, or inspiring growth and development in younger or newer volunteers to ensure a succession plan for the committee.

The Vice Chairman role is an elected role. In most cases you will join the committee as a Committee Member, getting to know the team, what they do and what the priorities and challenges are in the area. After some time with the committee there will then be the option to be put forward for election into the Vice Chairman role. 

Take a look at the full Vice Chairman Role profile (pdf) to find out more about what is involved. If you would like to apply, complete a Volunteer Enquiry Form and return to volunteer@bhs.org.uk.

Secretary 

In many cases Secretaries are the heart of a committee. They help the committee to stay connected and informed between meetings, they take and share the minutes and action points of the meetings and introduce new members to the team. Secretaries usually organise and set up committee meetings and refreshments. As the Secretary, you can use your excellent administrative and organisational skills to provide the clerical function that keeps the team on track.

Please take a look at the full Secretary Role Proflie (pdf) to find out more about what is involved. If you would like to apply, please complete and return a Volunteer Enquiry Form and send to volunteer@bhs.org.uk.

Treasurer 

Our Treasurers come from all sorts of backgrounds, from family budgeting to managing the books for a yard to high finance. We are looking for people with the time and experience to carry out their role, but knowledge of the BHS or even horses isn't necessarily essential.  

Take a look at the full Treasurer Role profile (pdf) to find out more about what is involved. If you would like to apply, please complete and return a Volunteer Enquiry Form and send to volunteer@bhs.org.uk.

Safety Advisers

As a Volunteer Equestrian Safety Adviser you will work with your local committee to put on awareness raising events, incorporate safety messages into local communications and events, give presentations (we will provide the material) that will inform and educate and promote the Ride Safe Award; helping people keep themselves and their horses safe. Our Equestrian Safety Advisers work hard to achieve safer conditions for all equines and those involved in the care and use of equines.

If you are interested in becoming an Equestrian Safety Adviser yourself please take a look at our Role Description. If you would like to apply, complete and return a Volunteer Enquiry Form to volunteer@bhs.org.uk. Alternatively, contact safety@bhs.org.uk or call 02476 840516 for more information.

Welfare Advisers

As you can imagine our Volunteer Welfare Advisers are very compassionate people, but this role can take an emotional toll. It is important that you know when to stop, when to remove yourself from a situation, when to take a breather. We are looking for people who are emotionally resilient and have other hobbies or interests they can unwind with.

Take a look at the full Welfare Adviser role profile to find out more about what is involved. If you would like to apply, please complete a volunteer enquiry form, with reference requests attached and return to volunteer@bhs.org.uk

Access & Bridleway Officers 

We provide our Volunteer Access and Bridleways Officers with the training and information they need to protect access when it is under threat in their local area and to proactively extend access where possible. You will learn how to resolve common problems that equestrians find frustrating and as opportunities arise, find old routes that are still in use or would benefit the community and advocate for them to be reinstated. You may choose to walk or ride routes around you so that you can report damage to the local council and keep the routes accessible for all. 

Take a look at the full Access and Bridleways Officer profile (pdf) to find out more about what is involved. If you would like to apply, please complete and return a Volunteer Enquiry Form and send to volunteer@bhs.org.uk.

Education & Events Officers

Our Education and Events Officers are an important element of the committee. They often have skills in event management or experience with the BHS Education Programme and will help the committee design and organise fun, interesting and educational events locally.

These roles are all about having fun, building the equestrian skills and knowledge of people in your area and getting people involved with horses and the BHS. You will be meeting lots of like-minded people, having new experiences and building your skills and knowledge. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that your events are supporting the charitable aims of the BHS.

Take a look at the full Education and Events Officer Role Description to find out more about what is involved. If you would like to apply, complete and return a Volunteer Enquiry Form to volunteer@bhs.org.uk.

Communications & Marketing Officers

This role is vital to making sure the hard work our committees do is supported and recognised both within the BHS and throughout the larger equestrian community.

Our Communications Officers are essential to raising the profile of the Society. They use social media, newsletters, posters and photos to showcase local initiatives and national campaigns, inspiring people to support us and get involved with our activities and helping to recruit new volunteers and members.

Take a look at the full Communications and Marketing Officer Role Description to find out more about what is involved. If you would like to apply, complete and return a Volunteer Enquiry Form to volunteer@bhs.org.uk.

Committee Members

If you want to get involved with your committee, but are not ready to take on a specialised role you can join as a committee member. To find out more, contact volunteer@bhs.org.uk.

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