Published: 23rd JULY 2019

Volunteer Community Route Champions, Ashford, Kent

Our Community Route Champions monitor and maintain the everyday off-road cycling routes that are important for so many essential journeys such as getting to work, to school or the shops.

  • National Cycle Network
  • Ashford, Kent
  • approximately 1 day per month
  • volunteer role
  • closing date 19 September 2019
  • Reference 2105191

From clearing overgrown vegetation to cleaning signs and reporting potholes to Kent County Council Highways Department, you’ll be doing practical activities to keep these routes usable.

Use your existing knowledge and experience to improve your local infrastructure and everyone’s journeys.

As part of Sustrans national Volunteer Programme you’ll receive training and support from your local Sustrans Volunteer Coordinator and your fellow Champions.

What we're looking for

This opportunity is a great way to learn new skills and to make a positive impact on cycling and walking in Kent.

You’ll need to be:

  • Local – as you need to monitor your route weekly you need to live close to it or travel along it regularly.  Little and often is the key to being an effective Community Route Champion.

  • Active – you need to walk or cycle your route at least once a week to see what state it is in and you’ll be doing light maintenance to keep it in good order.

  • Self-motivated and persistent - once you’ve had your training it is up to you to look after your route with back-up from your Volunteer Coordinator.

  • Practical – you’ll be doing light maintenance such as cutting back vegetation and cleaning graffiti.

  • Online – you’ll need to use simple online applications to report problems and log your activity.

  • A good communicator - you’ll have to report problems such as potholes to Kent County Council Highways department via their online portal in an accurate and comprehensive manner.  You’ll receive full training on how to do this.  You need to keep in touch with your Volunteer Coordinator and other volunteers.  Plus you’ve got the chance to talk about what you’re doing and why to passersby.

  • Have community spirit– your activity will improve the route for everyone in the area. 

  • Enjoy being part of a team – there will be regular get-togethers with other volunteers to do larger tasks such as a vegetation clearance workday or a litter blitz.

Sustrans will provide you with the training, skills and tools you need to carry out this role.  You’ll have access to Sustrans guides and online support.  You’ll have the chance to meet other volunteers at training and networking events and to get involved with other Sustrans activity in the area.

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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