Published: 23rd JULY 2019

Volunteer Cycle Ride Leader Schools, Falkirk

Are you passionate about cycling and walking and would like to help inspire young people to be more active? We're looking for an enthusiastic individual to volunteer as part of our fantastic I Bike schools project in Falkirk.

  • Community
  • Falkirk
  • we ask volunteers to commit to 2 or more activities per term. All led rides will take place during the school day and in term time
  • volunteer role
  • closing date 19 September 2019
  • Reference 168175

Why volunteer with I Bike? 

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 through taking part in cycling and walking activities. You would be volunteering alongside a dedicated I Bike Officer in schools, supporting activities for children aimed at encouraging more cycling, walking and scooting. 

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: Opportunity to volunteer with a leading UK charity and be part of a national network of volunteers; receive regular updates and newsletters to keep you informed about Sustrans’ work.

The role will be part of I Bike Falkirk, a project promoting cycling and walking to school, and for everyday journeys in leisure time. It is run by Sustrans in partnership with Falkirk Council.

We are currently working intensively with schools in the centre of Falkirk and are also providing some support to schools in Grangemouth and Larbert area.

Summary of tasks

You would be volunteering alongside a dedicated I Bike Officer in school supporting mainly led rides.  

As a volunteer your role will be to ensure the route is safe for the children on the day, to support any road crossings under the management of the I Bike Officer.  But most importantly our volunteers give encouragement and motivate the children to enjoy being out on their bike, seeing new things and new places easily accessible by bike in the local area.

Volunteers also support other activities such as learn to ride sessions, playground cycle skills, led walks, bike maintenance and much more.

Skills required

You will help our I Bike Officer to deliver a programme of led rides that run term time from March through to November.

Led rides usually include whole classes up to around 25 children at one time.  Having enough adults to ensure the rides are safe and enjoyable is key.

We're looking for people who are:

  • good communicators who able to give clear instructions and follow instructions
  • enthusiastic and good at motivating others
  • patient, reliable and punctual
  • interested in volunteering in schools
  • able to ride a bike safely using local networks and canal towpaths
  • are able to engage and communicate well with children and young people
  • assertive and health and safety conscious

Time commitment

We ask volunteers to commit to 2 or more activities per term.  All led rides will take place during the school day and in term time. 

You would need to be available between 9am and 3pm as the rides can last the full school day travelling up to 6-12miles with an outdoor education activity included as part of the day.

Training and support offered

All volunteers will be required to come to our face-to-face induction workshop and complete initial training, including:

  • NSPCC online Safeguarding Training
  • Cycling Scotland Essential Cycling Skills
  • Cycle Ride Leader Training

In addition, we will offer further training including Cycle Trainer Assistant, Bike Maintenance, Emergency First Aid and more.

You'll be supported at schools by the local I Bike Officer (Bryan Jardine) and by our I Bike volunteer co-ordinator

We offer reimbursement of agreed travel expenses to attend training and to support the programme. This includes bike miles and public transport costs.

Extra information

This role requires:

  • A PVG check, we will arrange this for you
  • 2 References
  • Completion of NSPCC online safeguarding module

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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