Most of the B4RN network build relies on local volunteers and landowners, who know their community and the lie of the land. Each area that rises to the B4RN challenge has found it a wonderfully empowering and socially engaging opportunity. There’s nothing like building something for yourself and having that sense of pride and ownership!

Building the network at community level is actually quite straightforward and with guidance and support from B4RN anyone can do it. The community’s energy and interaction become quite infectious and many volunteers choose to stay on and help other areas get up and running long after they themselves are connected. And it’s not all about digging holes, volunteers are needed for…

  • informing the community and encouraging investment
  • walking routes and agreeing wayleaves with landowners
  • coordinating site work between volunteers and landowners
  • fieldwork of laying duct and installing chambers
  • advising property owners and helping to install their house fittings
  • baking for volunteers – our army marches on tea and cake!

The best way to find out more about being a volunteer is to visit B4RN working parties in active areas, or look out for B4RN presentations in your community. We’ve also asked some of our volunteers to sum up their experiences, you can read about them here.

Everybody is welcome to volunteer for any of our B4RN projects! Email info@b4rn.org.uk for more information. You’ll also find links to websites or social media for local groups themselves on our Coverage Area page.

Celebrating Volunteers

B4RN celebrates volunteers! Whenever we can highlight the work volunteers have done and the impact they have made on their communities we look for opportunities like these:

– National Volunteers’ Week

Lancaster District CVS Volunteer Awards

– Queens Award for Voluntary Service – nominate an individual from you project here.

B4RN’s founders and volunteers have been recognised at the highest levels. Now retired CEO Barry Forde and co-founder Chris Conder got MBEs! Martyn Welch from New Hutton received a British Empire Medal! A host of volunteers were recognised at the 2021 Lancaster District CVS Awards. Sue Caddy and Martin Lange were nominated for an INCA Gold Award in 2019.