Sustrans and Intercomm will recruit and train a team of volunteers in a range of walking and cycling activities alongside mediation skills. These volunteers will be supported to empower and lead people to enjoy the Forth Meadow Community Greenway and promote the shared space.
Conor Maskey and Winston Irvine from Intercomm with Rachael Ludlow-Williams from Sustrans at the opening of Springfield Dam, a section of the new Forth Meadow Community Greenway
About the project
Forth Meadow Community Greenway is a new £5.1 million EU PEACE IV-funded project.
It aims to connect existing open spaces in north and west Belfast along a 12 km route leading to the new Transport Hub in the city centre.
Putting the community at the heart of the project
Alongside the physical infrastructure, the project will also deliver exciting community engagement at key sections along the greenway.
And it will support volunteering opportunities to help bring communities together and promote use of the shared space such as:
- walk and cycle leaders
- history tour guides
- and nature guides.
Free training offered to volunteers
The volunteer walk and cycle leaders will get free training delivered by Sustrans and Intercomm.
The training will empower volunteers to promote positive relationships and encourage dialogue within the community.
They will also support efforts to bring about shared community-use through walking and cycling activities on the Greenway and in surrounding communities.
Interested in volunteering?
The Greenway is at the heart of this project.
And we need volunteers to help bring it to life and encourage local people to get out walking and cycling.
So if you appreciate the green space around you then volunteering for this project may be just up your street. Literally!
Why you should volunteer with us
We offer loads of benefits and free training for our volunteers:
- mediation training (16 hours in total)
- cycle skills Levels one and two
- cycle Leader training (16.5 hours in total)
- walk leader training (16 hours in total)
- safeguarding training
- first aid training.
You'll receive regular communication with Sustrans to support you in your role.
And you'll get direct support from your Sustrans volunteer coordinator, whenever you need it.
When agreed in advance, travel expenses and the cost of lunch at any full-day training and volunteering sessions can be reimbursed.
What we need from you
We're looking for enthusiastic people who can inspire their community to walk or cycle on the Forth Meadow Community Greenway.
You must be able to commit to 30 hours training between March and December 2021.
And you'll need to attend the required training in accordance with current Covid-19 government restrictions and NHS guidance.
Once you've received all your training, you'll need to regularly lead cycle rides or walks on the Forth Meadow Community Greenway.
Find out more at one of our online information events
This volunteer opportunity is aimed at individuals and community groups along the 12km stretch of the Greenway.
Why don’t you join one of our online information sessions to find out more about the project and how you can get involved?
We'll provide more detail on the programme and answer any questions you have:
- Tuesday 9 March from 1 pm to 2 pm
- Monday 15 March from 1 pm to 2 pm
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Watch this short video on the Forth Meadow Community Greenway