1701 Working Party

Volunteering at GWSC

Volunteering by members is a critical part of running the Club and its activities. Following consultation with and feedback from members, Council has finalised plans to amend and refine the volunteering and duty process necessary to support the Club’s activities. Implementation began in January 2017 with revisions taking effect gradually over the following months. Inevitably, as the changes we are making are tested in practice, ways in which further improvements can be made will become evident, but this represents the first steps.

Grafham is a members’ Club and its continuing success relies on support from all of us. An important part of membership is supporting the Club in various volunteer roles both on the water (supporting racing and sailing more generally) and off the water (helping at major events and helping maintain the Club’s infrastructure). A guiding principle is that those who benefit the most from the Club should contribute the most but we accept that work and other commitments will on occasions make this difficult for some members.

Whilst we have always succeeded in getting volunteers to support our various activities, there has been too much “last minute” resourcing for comfort, and the burden often falls disproportionately on a small number of people. By these proposals we hope to get a system which is both fairer to all and gives the Club and its members a greater degree of assurance.

We want volunteering to be a positive experience. Everything we do is for the benefit of the membership as a whole and we hope that volunteering can be a key part in developing and strengthening the Club’s camaraderie.
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If you’d like to read further background to Council’s decision to review arrangements for volunteering in the club, you may download here a copy of the Club Newsletter that was distributed in December, 2016.