For the volunteers who help to manage and run the Camp, every year is busy. A range of maintenance and development tasks are required to keep the Hall, bunkhouses, showers and toilets in good working order. And frequently, there are major projects to be managed. In 2019, we restored the Hall roof and in 2020 completed a full kitchen refurbishment. We're now planning to upgrade the showers and to create a completely new, improved disabled block.
So we're asking: among your friends and contacts, do you know anyone who would volunteer with us? Or could you have time to volunteer yourself?
Volunteers are vital
Over 60 years ago, Bill Williams created our first Camp with the help of local farmers. Since then, our volunteers have helped bring enjoyment to thousands of young people. We're proud to hold the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - a tribute to everyone who's given us their time and talent.
Managing the Camp by volunteers helps us to let it at modest rates and to keep Bill's vision alive, by providing accommodation, food and transport to groups who otherwise couldn't come. It also helps us to channel more of our income into developing the Camp.
What sort of people?
We're looking for enthusiasts, preferably with business and practical experience, say in finance, marketing and communications, HR, IT or facilities management. Retirees are naturally welcome, but we'd also much appreciate younger people, such as those with hands-on experience in social media. Volunteering needn't take up too much time - project-based contributions can be helpful and most work can be done from home.
Our volunteers can become Trustees, including officers of the Charity, or Friends, who make their contributions less formally. There are quarterly management meetings in Church Stretton, but only Trustees need attend.
Volunteers generally say they get real benefits, including a sense of connection and purpose; doing something of value to the community; stimulation and interest; general wellbeing; meeting new people; and using their talents for a good cause.
There's no harm in asking
Asking a contact to take on something new may seem a stretch. It's easy to assume they'll be too busy. But, as Benjamin Franklin (probably) said: “if you want something done, ask a busy person”. So, if you know someone with skills and enthusiasm, who has some time (maybe from entering a new phase in life) and would like to “give something back”, please tell them about the Camp and show them this website.
And If you’d like to volunteer yourself- or simply find out more - contact our Chairman, Peter Jenkins: