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Volunteer Cycle Leader, Forth Meadow Community Greenway

Sustrans

We're looking for local volunteers who will help lead bike rides on Forth Meadow Community Greenway to encourage people of all ages to cycle more, regardless of their current level of cycling.
  • Role: In your community
  • Location: Forth Meadow Community Greenway
  • Time commitment: 30 hours free training March to December 2021
  • Type: Volunteer role
  • Closing date: Ongoing
  • Reference: 26012021
  • Application form
 

Why become a Sustrans volunteer?

Our volunteers are what make Sustrans special. They look after the National Cycle Network and support others to be more active.

They help people discover the joys of cycling by hosting led rides in their area. They teach children to ride a bike safely. And they run promotional stalls at local events.

Whatever the activity, Sustrans volunteers are making a real difference in their communities.

As a Sustrans volunteer, you’ll have access to resources and equipment to allow you to connect with people about sustainable travel.

A staff supervisor will also be available to help you develop your skills and abilities.
  

What does a cycle leader volunteer do?

Your role as a cycle leader will involve:

  • attending required training such as ride manager, mediation, first aid and safeguarding
  • planning suitable routes for inclusive group rides in your local area
  • highlighting the benefits of cycling to people’s physical and mental wellbeing
  • being able and willing to act in accordance with organisation policies and procedures
  • completing risk assessment templates before the ride
  • carrying out basic bike checks, following training
  • recording volunteer activities and hours online
  • helping people to get on bikes and have fun on the Forth Meadow Community Greenway.
        

What we're looking for

To apply for this role you should: 

  • be a regular cyclist, on or off-road, who would like to help enable others to enjoy the greenway 
  • have an inclusive and motivating attitude to people of all cycling abilities 
  • ideally, but not essential, have experience of participating in organised group rides.
      

Time commitment

  • Be able to commit to 30 hours of free training between March and December 2021.
  • Attend the required training provided in accordance with current Covid-19 government restrictions and NHS guidance.
  • To offer led rides on and around Forth Meadow Community Greenway regularly following the training.
      

Training and support offered

  • Welcome session: All things bike, 1.5 hrs
  • Mediation training (certified), 16 hours
  • Bike Fix Basics, 1.5 hrs
  • Ride Manager training (certified), 14 hours
  • Safeguarding training, 1-2 hours
  • First Aid training, 8 hours.

You'll also have direct contact with your Sustrans volunteer coordinator.

And when agreed in advance, travel expenses and the cost of lunch at any full-day training and volunteering sessions can be reimbursed.

In addition, Sustrans holds training and networking days open to all volunteers across Northern Ireland and the UK.
  

Our partnership

Sustrans works in partnership with Belfast City Council and Intercomm for the Forth Meadow Community greenway volunteer project.

We will share your contact details (name, email address, telephone number and address) to enable them to contact you in relation to volunteering on the greenway specifically.
 
For more information and to apply, visit the Sustrans websiteemail [email protected] or call Rachael on 07876 453 515.

Closing Date

Monday / 31 May 2021 5:00pm
5:00pm

Contact Details

To find out more about the project visit www.sustrans.org.uk/ForthMeadow

North and West Belfast
Belfast
BT12 7QJ
United Kingdom

The programme is financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

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