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Ulster Federation Of Rambling Clubs

  • Income

    £10.9K

  • Spending

    £11.8K

  • Status

    Up-to-date

Charity no. 101199 Date registered. 03/03/2015

Public benefits

The Applicant meets the public benefit as its objects are "the promotion of community participation in healthy recreation by the promotion of hillwalking and rambling for the benefit of the general public in Northern Ireland and also in the rest of the island of Ireland (the area of benefit)." This Charitable object involves the advancement of

health or the saving of lives as participation in healthy exercise particularly walking is proven to have health benefits to the persons who participate in this activity. Hillwalking and rambling are particularly healthy pursuits and the object of the Association is to promote hillwalking and rambling in Northern Ireland and throughout Ireland. This objective also meets the public benefit in that it advances amateur sport. Hillwalking is a sport and the Applicant is involved in promoting Hillwalking events and challenges under this objective. This Objective also promotes the advancement of citizenship or community development as the participation of young people and others in hillwalking and rambling has benefits such as promoting sociability, leadership skills and communication skills. The objective is to promote the protection and enhancement of the countryside by encouraging the preservations of the countryside and extension of public access to land by foot is for the public benefit as promoting the advancement of environmental protection or improvement of the countryside. This objective also promotes the advancement of education in that it educates the public in the benefits of protection and enhancement of the countryside by providing access to the countryside. The objective promotes the advancement of health by promoting increased access to the countryside for the benefit of the public. The objective of "educating the public in subjects pertaining to the protection and enjoyment of the countryside and of the health benefits of walking for recreation" is for the public benefit as it promotes the advancement of health or the saving of lives and the advancement of education. It also promotes the advancement of environment protection or improvement. The Charity purposes and objectives provide a Public Benefit for the reasons set out in the Application (Purposes and Public Benefit Section).The Charity Purposes and Objectives are not to provide a private benefit to individuals. The said objectives and purposes of the charity do not cause any harm and are solely for the Public Benefit.

What your organisation does

Amongst activities undertaken by the Applicant the following are examples; (a) Perform role of recognised Governing Body for walking and rambling in Northern Ireland. For the benefit of the membership and the public at large: (a) Design and offer hillwalking training courses; (b) Secure discount rates relevant to walking and rambling from relevant

suppliers and service providers; (c) Negotiate direct with underwriters to offer competitive 3rd Party insurance for clubs organised walks and rambling, and liability cover to walk leaders and officials at cost price; (d) Lobby Government on walking and rambling issues and information. For the benefit of the public at large: (a) Submission to the Law Commission, on proposals to upgrade existing Northern Ireland legislation and new legislation i.e. access to land for walkers, social and health benefits of walking in the countryside; (b) Respond to community concerns regarding blocked access to the open countryside, negotiating with public and private landowners, community groups and local councils on creating boundaries and systems that ensure responsible access and behaviour on managed lands, and seeking enforcement by statutory agencies of the Access to the Countryside (NI) Order 1983 were necessary; (c) Respond to community concerns regarding development planning applications on or adjacent to open countryside in areas recognised, and negotiating with planning consultants and submitting opinions and objections to the planning authorities were necessary; (d) Partnering Outdoor Recreation (NI) in the 'SportNI Active Clubs programme' to developing club activity in disadvantaged areas and targeting socially deprived and under-represented groups through 'Walking in Your Community' scheme.

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of health or the saving of lives
  • The advancement of citizenship or community development
  • The advancement of amateur sport
  • The advancement of environmental protection or improvement

Who the charity helps

  • General public
  • Voluntary and community sector
  • Volunteers

How the charity works

  • Community development
  • Cross-border/cross-community
  • Education/training
  • Sport/recreation
  • Volunteer development
  • Youth development

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 30 September 2019

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Charitable purposes

The Federation is established for the promotion of community participation in healthy recreation by the promotion of hillwalking and rambling for the benefit of the general public in Northern Ireland and also in the rest of the island of Ireland. (the area of benefit) and in particular: a) To promote and support the protection and enhancement of the countryside including by encouraging the provision, preservation and extension of public access to land on foot b) To educate the public in subjects pertaining to the protection and enjoyment of the countryside and of the health benefits of walking for recreation

Governing document

Constitution

Other name

UFRC
  • 4 Trustees
  • 0 Employees
  • 8 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Mr Duane Fitzsimons, 326 Saintfield Road, Belfast, BT8 6QU

Trustee board

Trustee
Alan Mcfarland
Mr Derek Clements
Mr David Flinn
Mr Graham Seymour

List of regions

  • In Ireland