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Recent Volunteer Updates

There is regularly new information coming out from HQ and around the Nations and Regions. Although we are always working to improve our communication sometimes we don't manage to reach everyone.This page will be updated regularly and will include any information that has been sent out to volunteers. It will also include information about our yearly surveys and the Monthly Reports that come out from HQ. The information is fine to share around your committee and with other BHS volunteers, but if you would like to make use of it to post on social media or use in any other forum please contact the volunteer team first. Some information on this page may be time sensitive. 

HQ Monthly Reports

Each month HQ prepares a report from across the organisation. These reports cover all areas and departments and provide an insight into the work and impact the BHS is carrying out. These reports will go back six months and be uploaded each month.

Communications Brief

Periodically the BHS promotes specific campaigns or works to raise awareness about challenges the equestrian community is facing. This can help us create new opportunities to grow our membership, increase awareness both across the equine community and the general public. For example, our Dead Slow campaign was aimed and behaviour change in drivers while our Platinum Year campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the BHS an everything it does.

These campaigns are usually messaged in a particular way to catch the interest of the media. It is important that when we are promoting something everyone involved in the BHS shares a similar message with any members of the press or local interests. If you are ever contacted by the press you should direct them to our HQ Press Office at as explained in the Volunteer Policy and Communications and Social Media Policy (both available on the resources page). 

The briefs below have accompanied these campaigns and are written to advise volunteers on what our key messages are. These are then often followed up by a press coverage report to explain their impact after the campaign is complete (these can be found at the bottom of this page).

SEIB Healthcare Lorry Brief - October 2018

Platinum Year Brief 

January: Changing Lives Through Horses Brief

February: Development Team - Communications Brief

March: Safety - Dead Slow Brief

April: Welfare Month Brief

July: Education Month Brief

BHS Volunteer Surveys

Each year the BHS carries out a survey, usually in June, which is National Volunteer's Month. The survey has some questions which stay the same year on year, these help us to track trends and the impact of the work we have been carrying out. Others will be relevant to a particular campaign or department. The findings of the surveys help us determine the priorities for the year, they help us understand our volunteers better and clarify what we need to do build the best volunteer programme possible. 

Below you can find the survey overviews from each year the survey has been carried out. If you have any feedback on the survey or how we can improve it please let the Volunteer Manager know. 

2015 BHS Volunteer Survey Summary 

2016 BHS Volunteer Survey Overview 

2017 BHS Volunteer Survey Overview

Volunteer Newsletters

Each quarter we put out a Volunteer Newsletter. These are a great opportunity to tell our volunteers what different teams have been doing around the country, often there are best practices we can learn from or ideas we can take on locally. Next year's newsletters will come out in April, July, September, December, if you have ideas, stories, successes or pictures you think would benefit other committees or you would like to share with other volunteers please do share them with the Volunteer Manager. The newsletter is only as good as it's content so we would really appreciate your input to keep it getting better. 

Press Coverage

Our PR department works hard to find ways to integrate BHS work and priorities into current stories in the press. This increases the chances of our stories being picked up by the press, both locally and nationwide. Obviously the more coverage we get the more support we receive for our work, from the equestrian community, from the general public but also with government and partners. Below are reports our PR team have created from high profile media campaigns or focus weeks that detail what coverage we have achieved. 

We had a fantastic year promoting all the amazing work the BHS does to national, regional and trade press. We couldn’t get this level of positive press coverage without you and the work that you deliver.

Thank you to all our spokespeople, and to everyone that has helped collate statistics, case studies and information.

In total:

  • 674 pieces of coverage (57 pieces of national)
  • Reach of 590 million (590,947,388)
  • We had 110 pieces of coverage in Horse & Hound – both online and in print.
  • We dealt with 269 press enquiries.

2018 Press Coverage Report

National Safety Week - Running for a week each year in November this is a great opportunity to raise awareness of our Dead or Dead Slow campaign, our Ride Safe Award and many of the challenges equestrians face each day that present potential for danger for humans or horses.

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