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Volunteers

Let’s be absolutely clear: This project is “Do-It-Yourself Broadband”There is no large corporate company or organisation out there waiting to come along in a van and install the fibre, cable and equipment necessary to run this service whilst we sit in our armchairs. It’s all about community contribution - rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty, installing a completely new infrastructure in the areaIt will not be achieved overnight but it is something that once created will last a very long time.

Most of the B4RN network is being built by local volunteers and landowners who know their community and the lie of the land. Each area that rises to the B4RN challenge will find 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 a 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 will 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 fill out our interest form and then visit B4RN working parties in active areas, or look out for B4RN presentations in your community or at ‘Show and Tell’ days.