Recruitment and Training Subcommittee

Recruitment and Training Subcommittee (RATS)

About the RATS

The Recruitment and Training Subcommittee (RATS) was set up in February 2014 to give greater focus to recruitment and training of ringers within the Ely Diocese.

The Recruitment and Training Subcommittee has responsibility for the Stretham REC and the Ely DA Young Ringers.

The RATS decides on expenditure from the Ely DA’s Recruitment and Training Fund (RATF), which is used for financing recruitment, training and promotional activities in the Ely DA area.

The RATS terms of reference are defined in Regulation 4a of the Ely DA, available here.

There is a separate email address for the subcommittee: rats_at_elyda.org.uk.

The Recruitment and Training Subcommittee aims to include a broad representation of the whole Association in its members. Anyone interested in joining the subcommittee should contact them via rats_at_elyda.org.uk.

New Ringer's Packs

New Ringer's Packs are now available from the Ely DA.

These can be ordered for any new ringer, whether or not they are an Ely DA member. Anyone can order one - tower captains, trainers or simply friends of the new ringer. The packs, which are free, contain informative booklets and leaflets about bell ringing and about the Ely DA.

Please email rats_at_elyda.org.uk to order a New Ringer's Pack.

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Some recruitment ideas

A document written by Martin Kitson in February 2018 to describe some actual accounts of successful recruitment ideas is here.

2015 Ringer Recruitment Drive

With around 900 ringable bells across the Ely Diocese but only 700 Association members – many over retirement age – to ring them, it’s clear we need to attract more new ringers as a matter of urgency. That’s why recruitment and training is now a top priority for the Association. The Association’s Recruitment & Training Sub-committee – R.A.T.S. for short – is kicking off its 2015 ringer recruitment drive by making sure that every active tower receives a supply of posters to mount their own local publicity campaigns to create interest and generate enquiries from prospective new ringers who want to learn.

There are two posters, one aimed at adults of all ages and one designed to target under-18s. We are sending two copied of each poster to all active towers in the Association. The posters are completely weatherproof so you can display them outdoors without additional protection. On both designs there is a white panel to write in the relevant contact details for enquiries using a waterproof felt tip pen. Please would you help us, and yourselves, by arranging to display the posters for as long as possible in places locally where the maximum numbers of people will see them, such as community centres, your church noticeboard, local shops, pubs, health centres, schools and youth clubs. If you need more waterproof posters, you can request them from Peter Binns at pro@elyda.org.uk. You can also download them to print yourself here and here.

If you would like more help with recruitment, or with teaching the learners you recruit, please do contact your District Education Officer (see the relevant District website) or the R.A.T.S. at rats@elyda.org.uk.

In the meantime, thank you for your co-operation and good luck with your recruiting!

Peter Binns