A Wirral-based volunteer group has won our North of England Volunteer Group of the Year award for outstanding commitment to volunteering and the community.
The group helps maintain local cycle routes, organising task days to cut back vegetation, carry out litter picks, cleaning and painting structures. They also offer free training sessions to learn to ride; and volunteers also work at Eastham Centre in partnership with Wirral Evolutions, to run a bike re-cycling project and weekly activities using adapted bikes to help people with variety of disabilities enjoy the benefits of cycling.
Volunteer group coordinator Janet Gregory said:
“It’s great that our contribution is recognised. Volunteering has introduced me to all sorts of people and fantastic projects across Wirral. A key part of what we do in Sustrans is to build the skills amongst volunteers so that they can carry things on beyond the initial funding. We’re always on lookout for new volunteers, so please get in touch if you’d like to find out more.”
Abigail Pound, Sustrans Volunteer Coordinator for the North said:
“We are delighted to award the Wirral volunteers the Volunteer Group of the Year Award for their exceptional contribution to Sustrans and the community. Volunteers are helping local people to get cycling and walking in so many ways including leading rides, organising events, recycling bikes and maintaining the cycling and walking routes.
“Janet Gregory the volunteer Group Co-ordinator always makes new volunteers feel welcome and co-ordinates all the different activity that happens across the Wirral. Huge thanks go to the Wirral volunteers and all our volunteers in the North, we couldn’t do our work without them.”
Sustrans has over 4,000 volunteers in the UK, with 798 in the North. There are many varied volunteer opportunities – including maintaining traffic-free sections on the National Cycle Network, to helping to conserve wildlife, to photography and videography skills.