April 3, 2017
Finding a voluntary opportunity that’s flexible and can fit into a busy lifestyle isn’t easy, but we think we’ve got it. The County Organiser of GHCT’s main fundraiser – our annual Ride + Stride event – is looking for a little help. As a result, the role of Area support volunteer has been created for each of our eight regions.
What is Ride + Stride?
This annual sponsored event involves people travelling between churches (by any reasonable means!) and enjoying a great day out exploring some fascinating and historic places.
Half of the money raised by Ride + Stride is given in grants by the Trust to churches that need help paying for vital repairs, maintenance or improvements. It’s a lifeline that helps keep these beautiful, but costly buildings, in use for the whole community.
In 2016 we raised a record breaking £49,591 and 133 churches raised money. Many more also opened or offered a welcome to visitors, which is key to the success of the event.
What does the role involve?
To build on the success of Ride + Stride we need more churches to take part. There are almost 600 churches, chapels and meeting houses in Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and North Bristol. If we could encourage more to get involved both by participating and opening to welcome visitors, then we can make the event so much more rewarding on all fronts. We need help contacting churches and getting them on board.
Some churches already have a Local Organiser – we would like to do more to support them with their work, both in preparation for the event, and dealing with admin afterwards.
What skills do I need?
If you can use a computer, like dealing with people, and have a good eye for detail, then we could use your help. Full training will be given, along with ongoing support. In the first instance that would involve contacting churches with a letter (email) inviting them to take part.
After the event, we need help gathering sponsorship forms and remittances – this requires some careful checking so that we can claim Gift Aid where possible. We have a well-designed system in place, so it should be straightforward.
This would make an ideal volunteering role for either a Duke of Edinburgh award participant, or someone looking to broaden their experience and enhance their CV.
Where do I sign up?
P.S. If this sounds too much, but your local church doesn’t have a contact yet (see list below) then please consider acting as the Local Organiser for an individual church
These churches need a local organiser