Across the UK our volunteer groups are giving time to support our work to make it easier for people to walk and cycle.
The Chew-Glastonbury group monitors and enhances sections of National Cycle Network Route 3. Each ranger is allocated a section to maintain with group workdays taking place on some particularly overgrown traffic-free sections of path.
Part of the Wells to Glastonbury NCN section runs on the traffic-free Dulcote railway path, the maintenance of which is managed by the Strawberry Line East group.
Sustrans rangers work with this group to help maintain this section. The role of the Group Coordinator is to create a cohesive team of volunteers with a shared sense of purpose and provide opportunities for everyone to come together.
Why become a Sustrans volunteer?
Whether you enjoy being outdoors, are looking to meet new people or would like to look after walking the cycling routes in your community this role will provide you with these opportunities. You’ll be able to play a key role in representing Sustrans in your community and receive ongoing support from your Sustrans Volunteer Coordinator.
What does a Sustrans Volunteer Group Coordinator do?
Group Coordinators are key to enabling Sustrans to have a presence in towns and villages across the UK. They help ensure that walking and cycling infrastructure, particularly local sections of the National Cycle Network are well maintained.
They also ensure their volunteer group is motivated to support more people to walk and cycle in their community.
As the Group Coordinator you will be expected to:
- put together and regularly revisit a group plan with your group and your local Volunteer Coordinator/ area manager
- carry out regular workdays such as signing and basic maintenance of the National Cycle Network in your area
- run a programme of events to be delegated and organised by the whole group to keep everyone informed of local activities they can join in with, including regular meetings, communications and socials
- coordinate the local volunteers including welcoming and inducting new volunteers, keeping track of the roles they are carrying out and informing us of inactive volunteers
- keep a simple record of group activities to report back to us on a regular basis
- recruit new volunteers as needed, with the help of your Volunteer Coordinator
What we're looking for
We're looking for an individual who possesses the following skills:
- excellent communicator
- good motivator, acting as a source of support and encouragement for others
- be able to identify skills and interests in the group and coordinate activities and responsibilities
- good attention to detail
You will be required to uphold email communication with the group, which usually takes between one and two hours per week. Some activities may require you to be available during evenings and weekends.
Training and support offered
- A two and a half hour volunteer welcome session and a two-hour Group Coordinator session
- Ongoing support from the local Volunteer Coordinator/ Network Development Manager
- Sustrans organises a biannual Group Coordinator conference, which you will be invited to attend. This event covers valuable updates, networking opportunities with other Group Coordinators and training in volunteer management skills
- In addition, we run an annual programme of regional and national volunteer days which will provide core skill training
- You will receive central communications to support you in your role and can join our online community to find support in other Group Coordinators
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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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