Published: 26th JUNE 2020

Volunteer group coordinator, Eden Valley in Cumbria

Local volunteers get involved in a variety of tasks including task days, route inspections, signing and basic maintenance of national routes. They include the iconic C2C route, National Route 71 and National Route 68 which all run through the area.

  • National Cycle Network
  • Eden Valley
  • Time commitment: approximately 1-2 days per month
  • Volunteer role
  • Closing date: Ongoing
  • 202006221

You will act as the main volunteer contact in the area.

You will ensure information, knowledge and resources are shared with local volunteers. And link in with the other Sustrans Groups in Cumbria as well as local community groups.

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.

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

What does a Sustrans volunteer group coordinator do?

As a volunteer group coordinator you will:

  • create and review a group plan of prioritised and delegated tasks and activities in coordination with the local volunteer group and area staff
  • coordinate regular meetings and social gatherings with the group
  • manage the allocation of tasks within the group
  • understand the different maintenance responsibilities for the Network in their area 
  • identify gaps and opportunities for volunteers and support recruitment as needed in coordination with local staff
  • welcome and orientate new volunteers to the group and the specifics of their role locally 
  • provide a communication link to the Volunteer Coordinator and relevant local staff 
  • follow and demonstrate to the volunteer group  Sustrans’ Health and Safety and Safeguarding policies and procedures
  • encourage the group of volunteers to record their contributed hours and activities on VolunteerNet 
  • attend group/project meetings, relevant training and activities 
  • be able and willing to act in accordance with Sustrans’ policies and procedures
  • record own activities on our dedicated website for Sustrans volunteers.

What we're looking for

We're looking for someone who is:

  • an excellent communicator 
  • a good motivator, acting as a source of support and
  • encouragement for others 
  • able to work well in a team
  • well organised 
  • can facilitate and chair meetings 
  • able to communicate via email.

Time commitment

  • One half-day to attend induction and activity-specific training
  • One half-day per month (six days a year) - organise meeting or activity to bring the group together and discuss activities and plans
  • Three to six days a year supporting group activities such as workdays, rides and walks
  • Up to 12 evening meetings per year (can be less)
  • One day to meet with your Sustrans volunteer coordinator and area staff to discuss and review the group plan.

Training and support offered

  • Signing training
  • Ride/walk leader training
  • First Aid
  • Organising and leading a volunteer task day training
  • Other training can be requested.
  • You will receive support and direction from the Volunteer Co-ordinator, Land Manager and Network Development Manager.

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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