Monday, 20 December 2010

Our message for those walkers who aren't members of the Ramblers: "Now is the Time to Join" (20/12/10)

There are 120,000 Ramblers members in Britain.  But there are about six million people who go walking regularly.  If we can persuade just a fraction more of those 6 million to join us, it’ll mean more clout with councils, more resources, and a bigger pool of potential volunteers.

Many new members join because of our led walks programmes.  But others will join us to support our work to safeguard footpaths and access – in particular, those who already walk with independent clubs or with family and friends.

There are 600 independent walking clubs affiliated to the Ramblers, each of which will have many members themselves.  Those members will probably already be walking with their local club – but they ought to be members of the Ramblers too, to help us with our work to safeguard and protect the places they walk.

With the threat of cuts all around us, our message is: “Now is the Time to Join”

In January, we will be writing to all 600 clubs asking them to encourage their members to join the Ramblers.   The mailing will focus firstly on the Ramblers’ unique position as campaigner and defender of footpaths and rights of way, and secondly on the great benefits and discounts enjoyed by members. We want to encourage those who are members of affiliated walking clubs to be members of their club and the Ramblers!

As an incentive for the affiliated clubs to promote the Ramblers, we’ll be offering to the club (as a trial) £5 for every new member they recruit on our behalf (£2 for a concessionary member). If you get a chance, please mention it to affiliated clubs representatives in your Area or Group, and encourage them to spread the message.

More details on the volunteer website:

Tom Franklin

Chief Executive

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