Published: 28th AUGUST 2019

‘I Bike’ schools cycling volunteer, Dumfries and Galloway

Are you passionate about cycling and walking? Could you inspire young people to cycle or walk more? Then why not volunteer with Sustrans as part of our brilliant I Bike project.

  • Community
  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • a few hours per week
  • volunteer role
  • Ongoing
  • Reference 267191

I Bike is a really fun and rewarding project to volunteer with that offers plenty of opportunities to get outdoors for cycling-related activities, boost the CV, gain experience of work with children and young people, meet new people and learn new skills.

I Bike aims to help children and young people become more active by taking part in cycling and walking activities. You would be volunteering alongside a dedicated I Bike Officer in schools, supporting activities for children such as learn to cycle, playground cycle skills, led bike rides, led walks, bike maintenance and much more!

What could be better than helping children to ride their bike without stabilisers for the first time!

We offer an induction and training package for volunteers to develop your confidence in working alongside our I Bike officers in schools.   We also provide regular support and opportunities to socialise with other I Bike volunteers.

Other benefits include:

  • the opportunity to volunteer with a leading UK charity and be part of a national network of volunteers
  • you will receive regular updates and newsletters to keep you informed about Sustrans’ work.

The role will be part of I Bike Dumfries and Galloway a project promoting cycling and walking to school, and for everyday journeys in leisure time.  It is run by Sustrans in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council.  We are currently working with schools in the Dumfries, Lockerbie and surrounding areas.

What does a Sustrans I Bike volunteer do?

You will help our I Bike officer and school staff to deliver cycling and walking-related activities which include:

  • playground cycle/scooter sessions
  • led bike rides
  • cycle training on roads  
  • bike maintenance sessions
  • bike Breakfasts
  • indoor classroom activities – e.g. route planning and awareness-raising
  • engaging parents with I Bike at school events / open days
  • contribute with I Bike promotion over social media/writing newsletters
  • assisting with travel surveys and entering data online from school travel surveys.

What we're looking for

We’re looking for people who are:

  • good communicators
  • enthusiastic
  • flexible
  • reliable and punctual
  • interested in volunteering in schools
  • interested in cycling and walking
  • are able to engage and communicate well with children and young people.

Time commitment

  • We need you to be available on weekdays during school hours. 
  • We ask volunteers to commit to one weekly or fortnightly activity.
  • We ask that volunteers can ideally commit a minimum of six months.

Training and support offered

Training

All volunteers will be required to:

  • come to our face-to-face induction workshop
  • complete initial training, including the NSPCC online Safeguarding Training, Essential Cycling Skills and Roadside Bike Repairs
  • in addition, we will offer further training including Cycle Ride Leader, Cycle Trainer Assistant, Bike Maintenance and Outdoor First Aid.

Support

  • Volunteers will be supported at schools by the local I Bike Officer and by the I Bike volunteer co-ordinator in Scotland.
  • Agreed expenses will be reimbursed.

Please note that this role requires:

  • a PVG check - we will arrange this for you
  • two references.

Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk

Our Safeguarding Statement sets out Sustrans’ organisational commitment to safeguarding best practice.

Equality, diversity and inclusion at Sustrans

Sustrans is committed to representing the diverse communities we work with, and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We value equality and inclusiveness and believe that a diverse organisation brings with it a diversity of ideas and ways of working which strengthens everything we do.

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