The Ringing Foundation has developed a comprehensive Business Plan to drive our mission and projects
A plan to arrest the decline in the number of change ringers through exciting the interest of young people and engaging them in structured and stimulating training programmes that lead to the development of competent ringers eager to take forward and extol the art of change ringing. Furthermore, to align change ringing recruitment and training with similar and competing leisure pursuits.
- Community involvement in stimulating interest and attracting recruits.
- Using the model of Youth Groups as the focus for education and training.
- Adopting accredited training schemes for ringing instructors and a ringing curriculum for students.
- Getting better reward for the voluntary time and effort put into ringing training.
- Recognition of achievement and celebration of success.
- Establishing a paid staffed structure to organise, administer, monitor and deliver.
- Creating a pathway for young people to progress and retain involvement with change ringing.
- A national standard within ten years.
The objective is to train 500 young ringers each year from a budget of £100k per annum. This from a minimum of twenty youth groups, 200 ringing instructors and 300 experienced helpers.
Without bringing in more young people and backing this with financial resource then change ringing faces a very uncertain future as the activity base shrinks over the years ahead. 40% of ringers are over sixty and 60% over fifty. Just £3 per head each year from the 35,000 or so active ringers secures the future.