Published: 28th JANUARY 2021

Volunteer cycle leader, Forth Meadow Community Greenway in Belfast

We're looking for local volunteers who will help lead bike rides on Forth Meadow Community Greenway to encourage people of all ages to cycle more, regardless of their current level of cycling.

  • Role: In your community
  • Location: Forth Meadow Community Greenway
  • Time commitment: 30 hours free training March to December 2021
  • Type: Volunteer role
  • Closing date: Ongoing
  • Reference: 26012021

Why become a Sustrans volunteer?

Our volunteers are what make Sustrans special. They look after the National Cycle Network and support others to be more active.

They help people discover the joys of cycling by hosting led rides in their area. They teach children to ride a bike safely. And they run promotional stalls at local events.

Whatever the activity, Sustrans volunteers are making a real difference in their communities.

As a Sustrans volunteer, you’ll have access to resources and equipment to allow you to connect with people about sustainable travel.

A staff supervisor will also be available to help you develop your skills and abilities.
  

What does a cycle leader volunteer do?

Your role as a cycle leader will involve:

  • attending required training such as ride manager, mediation, first aid and safeguarding
  • planning suitable routes for inclusive group rides in your local area
  • highlighting the benefits of cycling to people’s physical and mental wellbeing
  • being able and willing to act in accordance with organisation policies and procedures
  • completing risk assessment templates before the ride
  • carrying out basic bike checks, following training
  • recording volunteer activities and hours online
  • helping people to get on bikes and have fun on the Forth Meadow Community Greenway.
        

What we're looking for

To apply for this role you should: 

  • be a regular cyclist, on or off-road, who would like to help enable others to enjoy the greenway 
  • have an inclusive and motivating attitude to people of all cycling abilities 
  • ideally, but not essential, have experience of participating in organised group rides.
      

Time commitment

  • Be able to commit to 30 hours of free training between March and December 2021.
  • Attend the required training provided in accordance with current Covid-19 government restrictions and NHS guidance.
  • To offer led rides on and around Forth Meadow Community Greenway regularly following the training.
      

Training and support offered

  • Welcome session: All things bike, 1.5 hrs
  • Mediation training (certified), 16 hours
  • Bike Fix Basics, 1.5 hrs
  • Ride Manager training (certified), 14 hours
  • Safeguarding training, 1-2 hours
  • First Aid training, 8 hours.

You'll also have direct contact with your Sustrans volunteer coordinator.

And when agreed in advance, travel expenses and the cost of lunch at any full-day training and volunteering sessions can be reimbursed.

In addition, Sustrans holds training and networking days open to all volunteers across Northern Ireland and the UK.
  

Our partnership

Sustrans works in partnership with Belfast City Council and Intercomm for the Forth Meadow Community greenway volunteer project.

We will share your contact details (name, email address, telephone number and address) to enable them to contact you in relation to volunteering on the greenway specifically.
  

  
Find out more about Belfast City Council’s PEACE IV programme.

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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