The work party is a mainstay of the association, without it little would get done. All bothies have Maintenance Organisers, but it is not up to them to do all the work to keep the building in good order. Just as we rely heavily on members to report problems, so we rely on volunteers to help with the work.
A work party can take place any time of year, but mostly in the summer, when weather is kinder, days longer and packs not weighed down with winter kit. Work undertaken varies enormously, from the complete rebuilding of a ruin, re roofing, installing stoves, laying concrete floors, replacing windows, drainage, to painting and general tidying. It is rare that there isn’t more work than time available, extra help is always welcome. People with building skills are manna from heaven, but no more so than the person who will carry sand or gravel all day, or who boils water for a brew. There is always a chance to show willing. A work party is a place to pick up skills and learn from experienced hands.
Most work parties last a weekend, but big projects may need a concentrated effort lasting a week or a fortnight, or different workparties over several weekends. It all depends on the type of work and the accessibility of the bothy. Some work parties have some catering organised for volunteers. This is a way of showing appreciation to those who come and help.
Interested? Want more information? Have a look at the detailed advice and guidance in the Volunteer section, which also includes a list of work party dates, a summary of the work to be undertaken and contact details for the project organiser.
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