There are many volunteer opportunities in the BWY
Joining a regional committee
The BWY has 12 regions, each of which is run by a regional committee.
Committee roles vary but normally include:
- Regional Officer
- County Representatives
- Website Administrator
- Regional Training Officer
Some regions also appoint a deputy for various roles.
How do I find out what is available in my region?
Vacancies are normally published in the regional newsletter or website. Alternatively you can get in touch with your Regional Officer.
What sort of commitment would my work for the committee involve?
This depends on the role and responsibilities:
- County Representatives organise regional events including In Service Training
- Regional Training Officer previews and reviews these events and reports to NISTO
- Secretary usually sends out any correspondence and takes minutes at meetings
- Website Administrator updates the region's web pages
- Treasurer arranges payments for invoices and produces annual accounts
- Newsletter Editor puts the newsletter together and arranges publication
- Regional Officer leads the committee, arranging and running meetings, supporting committee members and maintaining contact with other Regional Officers and BWY Central Office
Who can join a committee?
Any BWY member is eligible. Contact your Regional Officer for availability.
Would I receive any expenses?
Although all posts are volunteer, the BWY would not want you to be out of pocket as a result of supporting their region. Appointed committee members who have been in post for a year receive an annual home-workers allowance (currently £156). They will also be eligible for subsidised place at the annual BWY Congress and may be offered free or reduced admission to various regional events.
Personal expenses incurred for regional administration are normally reimbursed and mileage costs for attending regional meetings may be claimed at the prevailing rate.
If I joined the committee would I be legally liable?
Indemnity insurance (sometimes known as "liability insurance") exists for all BWY offices. This is personal insurance which protects the officeholder against the risk of personal liability arising from any breach of responsibilities, in line with the Charity Commissioners recommendations.
How many meetings would I have to attend?
Most regions hold at least two meetings a year, in addition to the AGM. These provide a useful opportunity for committee members to get together, organise events, share information and get advice from the group.
What are the benefits of volunteering?
BWY committees are friendly and welcoming and members certainly benefit socially. There is also the potential to develop personal skills and time spent on a BWY committee can provide useful opportunities to improve your CV, gaining valuable knowledge and experience that could enhance and develop your future career.
You may achieve a greater understanding of regional management processes; learn how to plan, promote and manage events; develop new channels of communication and have the opportunity to pool knowledge and experience.
Participation in a committee also promotes mutual understanding, team-work and cooperation and, best of all, will give you that warm glow of knowing that you have achieved karma yoga.
Can I be involved without joining committee?
Volunteers are always very welcome and there are many ways in which you could assist, especially at events and AGM. Contact your regional officer to find out how you can help.
How to get involved: