Quick ways to volunteer in Scotland

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Short on time but want to volunteer? If you live in Scotland, here's our list of quick and easy actions you can take to make a difference in your community.

Group of young people outside in winter sitting on wall with an ebike

Share and support our Highland Explorer Campaign

Sustrans and VisitScotland, with support from ScotRail, are leading a campaign to inspire people to explore some of Scotland’s most spectacular west coast cycling routes.

There are routes suitable for all ages and abilities and, with two Highland Explorer services in both directions Monday-Saturday it’s never been easier to reach these incredible routes with your bike or e-bike.

Please do share and support on social media.

Find out more about our Highland Explorer campaign.

Six quick ways you can help on the National Cycle Network

Do a #2minutecleanup on your local route

Pick up litter on a walk or cycle, empty it into a bin or taking it home.

Please use gloves and ask us for a re-usable bag by emailing volunteers-scotland@sustrans.org.uk.

And don't forget to share your photos on social media using the hashtag #2minutecleanup.

Clean signs on the Network

Make sure any easy-to-reach Network signage is free of graffiti, grime or obscuring vegetation.

If signage is missing or pointing in the wrong direction, email scotsigns@sustrans.org.uk.

Cut back vegetation

Snip back stray brambles or other vegetation from the path edges.

Tell a local community group about our funding opportunities

Take a look at the ArtRoots and Love Your Network funding pages to see how we can help.

Record the wildlife you see on the National Cycle Network 

Use the Sustrans form on the iRecord app or iRecord website.

Report a maintenance problem

Make sure you report things like potholes, fallen trees or fly-tipping through a local authority reporting system or on a public website like FixMyStreet.

You can also let us know at scotland@sustrans.org.uk. We can pass it on if it’s not our responsibility.

Ready to get started? Find your local route on the National Cycle Network.

Other quick ways to support our work in Scotland

Follow us on social media

Retweet or share posts from our Twitter or Facebook.

Or read a news article on our website and tell a friend about it.

Tell your company about the Way to Work website

There are lots of ideas to help you promote active and sustainable travel in your workplace.

Are you a primary school teacher or do you know one?

Check out our active travel resources for teachers complete with ready-made lesson plans.

Find out more about our work in Scotland

With Scottish Government funding, we work with people, places and groups around the country to support innovative and ambitious new walking and cycling projects.

Have a look at our Sustrans Scotland showcase website and share it with a friend.

Are you a parent, grandparent, carer or teacher?

Check out our new cycling and scooter parking fund for schools and nurseries and spread the word to your school or nursery.


Please share your quick actions on social media by tagging @SustransScot and using the hashtag #SustransQuickWays.


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