In November, Sustrans Cymru celebrated one of our most dedicated volunteers, Helen Jenkins, who won the Volunteer of the Year Award.
The award recognises the fantastic work by our volunteers across the country. Helen was recognised for her outstanding contribution towards active travel at Ysgol Rhydypennau, Aberystwyth.
“ Helen is fantastic and thoroughly deserves this recognition. It’s easy to see why she won the volunteer of the year award, she really does go above and beyond. Helen is a constant source of active travel inspiration. ”
Helen’s work includes delivering a range of activities and events in-line with our Active Journeys project, a programme that works with schools across Wales to create a culture that makes it easier for children to walk, scoot or cycle. Helen also supports Dr Bike Sessions, delivers a cycling assembly and runs regular ‘cycle to school’ mornings.
Helen has been a Sustrans School volunteer for two years. Alongside her husband, Pete, who is also a Sustrans volunteer, Helen runs a weekly Bike Skills club at Ysgol Rhydypennau. The club is aimed at teaching pupils from year three upwards skills to build confidence; ride safely and have fun. Ysgol Rhydypennau have been so impressed by Helen’s dedication that she is now a volunteer at the school and is currently assisting with kerbcraft training.
The volunteer of the year award was presented to Helen by Sustrans’ Steve Brooks, National Director and Sioned Lewis, Sustrans School Officer.
Sioned Lewis said:
"Helen is fantastic and thoroughly deserves this recognition. It’s easy to see why she won the volunteer of the year award, she really does go above and beyond.
"Helen is a constant source of active travel inspiration. She sets a great example for the pupils, staff and parents and inspires them to embrace walking, cycling and scooting. She's given so many parents the confidence and skills to cycle into Ysgol Rhydypennau, it’s made a big difference to the way people travel during the school run."
Helen also runs a Confidence Building & Road Safety Awareness Group for families and individuals in her local community. The group has supported and encouraged people to get out on their bikes and to embrace active travel. In June 2018, Helen also won a Road Safety Wales award to recognise her contribution towards road safety in Ceredigion due to her volunteering activities with Sustrans.
Congratulations and a big thank you to you, Helen.
The time our volunteers dedicate to Sustrans makes a huge difference in helping us to look after thousands of miles of the National Cycle Network, and to encourage even more people in schools, universities and local communities to travel actively.