Recruitment and Retention

ART and the Central Council have developed a recruitment and retention workshop that introduces you to lots of ideas and guides you through building your personal recruitment and retention plan, whether for your band or your local branch or district. Find out what has worked for others and the pitfalls to avoid. The workshop can be delivered virtually or as a physical event. Why not start planning now for the return to ringing and contact us to discuss running a workshop?

Follow the blue links to navigate around the resource – you’ll find lots of advice, ideas and people’s stories. We hope you find it useful.

Planning for recruitment

Recruitment success – the important things to consider

Raising awareness – engaging with the church and the community

What gets people into the tower the first time?

Who to recruit – the pros and cons

» Download your recruitment toolbox

Recruitment activities

Lots of ideas!!!

Starting a band from scratch

The social media thing

First impressions are everything – welcoming people to your tower and band

What has worked – stories from teachers and their ringers

Teaching your new recruits

The follow-up – keep it personal, make it quick

What do your new recruits expect?

Intensive training – why, what and how

To charge or not to charge?

Retaining your new ringers

Keeping your new ringers interested – through foundation skills and early change ringing

Why do ringers enjoy ringing?

Learning in groups

How long does it take to learn to ring?

Building your band

Making recruitment work for everyone in the band

Teacher burn-out

A very popular practice – when your tower starts to get too crowded

These resources

There are a lot of pages, so if you can't find something use the search facility.

Ring for the King


Ring for the King resources and publicity material

After COVID-19

Do take a look! They are a really helpful resource as we start to transition into the post COVID-19 stage.

» The why, what and the how

» Preparing the ground - raising awareness

» Getting new recruits through the (virtual) door

» Keeping everybody happy

» Key messages

These articles were originally published in the Ringing World.

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Finally a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to these pages, with articles, tips or case studies. Thank you!

ART Awards

Every year the ART Awards recognise people and groups who are leading best practice and innovation in the teaching and development of ringing. They are open to everyone, not just ART Members or those using the ‘Learning the Ropes’ scheme.

Why not have a look at some of the previous award winners and consider applying for yourself, your band or a teacher who is doing great things?