Published: 24th SEPTEMBER 2019

Schools volunteer, SEN School, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire

Are you passionate about cycling and walking and would like to inspire more young people to get active? We're currently looking for positive and enthusiastic volunteers to help us encourage more children to walk, cycle or scoot to school.

  • Community
  • Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire
  • One afternoon per week ( approx. 2.5 hours)
  • Volunteer role
  • Ongoing
  • Reference

Sustrans run a schools project in Central Bedfordshire working intensively with ten schools, this role will support the Sustrans officer in a school for children with special educational needs (SEN).

You could be supporting the officer delivering practical activities like bike maintenance; cycle skills and bike smoothie sessions.

Why become a Sustrans volunteer?

This is a fulfilling volunteering role, supporting pupils outside mainstream education, teaching them balance and cycling, and enthusing about travelling independently.

As a Sustrans volunteer, we can offer support and training for this role as well as the opportunity to get involved in the wider Sustrans agenda.

What does a Sustrans schools volunteer do?

You will agree on a task plan with your Sustrans officer and support them to deliver a range of activities including:

• bike maintenance (maintaining the school’s fleet of bikes and trikes)
• scooter control skills training and support
• bike control skills and support
• learn to ride sessions
• engagement sessions that include bike smoothies and spin art
• supporting other activities, which might also include school visits using sustainable travel

What we're looking for

• Passionate about travelling by foot or by bike for everyday journeys
• Excellent communicator
• Great motivator, acting as a source of support and encouragement for young people
• Compassion and patience to work with SEN children (with the help of school and Sustrans staff)
• Some knowledge of bike maintenance would be great, but training and support will be given

Time commitment

One afternoon (approx 2.5 hours) per week plus 15 minutes to complete our online volunteer activity report.

There will be plenty of chances to help out with other promotions and activities if you wish. 

Training and support offered

Initially, you will be working alongside the Sustrans schools officer, but over time, you will hopefully become more self-sufficient and may be able to attend without officer support.

Sustrans will arrange and provide enhanced DBS checks on your behalf and you will be issued with a certificate.

You can attend your annual regional or national volunteer day which will include valuable Sustrans updates, networking opportunities with others and provide core skill training.

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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