Volunteering for everyone

Ensuring everyone feels safe and included to volunteer


We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds and of all abilities.

We are committed to:

  • improving inequality
  • valuing diversity
  • enabling inclusion.

Together with our network of volunteers, we work hard to ensure that volunteering with Sustrans is for everyone.

Because everyone should be enabled, welcomed and safe to offer their time in a range of different capacities with us.


The Volunteering for everyone standard

People volunteering with us should expect to be treated with respect, dignity and kindness by other volunteers and Sustrans employees at all times.

Which is why our Volunteering for everyone standard supports us all to have a greater understanding of:

  • how to ensure that everyone feels safe, welcome and included when volunteering with Sustrans
  • the values and behaviours we wish to uphold across our volunteering work.
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Volunteering is and should be for everyone. It should be a space where we feel safe and able to give time to a cause we care about in our local community and wider society. Blockquote quotation marks
Volunteering for everyone standard
Volunteers from the Ayrshire Coastal Path Group take part in a litter-pick along National Cycle Network Route 73

© John Linton

Download and read the standard:

Volunteering for everyone standard

Volunteering for everyone standard (easy read version)


Download and read supporting documents:

Examples of unacceptable behaviour

Our guide to identifying unacceptable behaviour whilst volunteering. 

Reporting a concern

Our guide to reporting concerns about unacceptable behaviour whilst volunteering.

External organisations support list

Our list of UK-wide organisations and charities who can offer independent support.