The Constitution is the governing document for our Charity, the Terms of Reference are the governing documents for our Committees. They have been signed off by our Board of Trustees and define the key rules and structures for the creation and maintenance of a committee.
The BHS Constitution is the governing document of the Charity. It contains the charitable objectives which drive the activities our volunteers deliver. The Constitution can be found on our website on the right hand side of the 'Corporate Information' section.
The BHS has Terms of Reference for each kind of volunteer committee. They are the governing principles of these committees.
Terms of Reference for the BHS Scottish National Committee
Terms of Reference for the BHS Ireland Committee
Terms of Reference for the BHS Welsh Cymru National Committee
Terms of Reference for English Regional Committees
Terms of Reference for Local Committees
Many of our volunteers attend committee meetings regularly. These should be chaired by a Chairperson or Vice Chairperson and conducted in a positive, efficient manner. They are a way for volunteers to connect and discuss what will be the focus of their activities in the coming months. The note below has been created after visiting over 50% of our committees and observing the best practices demonstrated there. They will help a Chairperson and their committee make the most of their time together.
Committee Meetings Guidance Note
Every three years committees hold elections for their Chairperson and Vice Chairperson roles. However, as we all know each committee is different, as is each volunteer. This note provides some guidelines and support for how these elections could be carried out. Your National/Regional Manager will work with the committee to decide which is the correct kind of election for your team and help you carry that out.
Election Guidance Note
Unfortunately, occasionally things do go wrong. The processes below are what might be needed at these times.
Volunteer Complaints Procedure
General Public Complaints Procedure
Volunteer Problem Solving Procedure
Problems and Disputes Guidance Note
The BHS has Regional volunteers in England who take on a higher level of responsibility than our local volunteers. Usually, these volunteers already have experience of volunteering with the BHS at a local level.
Regional Vice Chairperson
Regional Secretary Regional Treasurer
Regional Communications Officer
Regional Events and Education Officer
Regional Welfare Adviser
Regional Safety Adviser
Regional Access and Bridleways Officer
Regional BRC Representative
The BHS has National volunteers for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland who take on a higher level of responsibility than our local volunteers.
National Vice Chairperson
National Communications Officer
National Events and Education Officer
National Welfare Adviser National Safety Adviser
National BRC Representative