Published: 23rd AUGUST 2021

Volunteer group coordinator, Harrogate

Would you like to help make it easier for people to walk and cycle? We’re looking for a group coordinator to bring together and motivate local volunteers and to help coordinate group activities.

  • Role: National Cycle Network
  • Location: Harrogate
  • Time commitment: approximately 1 day per month
  • Type: volunteer role
  • Closing date: ongoing
  • Reference: 20210819
Three volunteers litter picking on the National Cycle Network

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.

Sustrans volunteers are making a real difference in their communities. Our volunteers support others to be more active. 
 

What does a Sustrans volunteer group coordinator do?

Your role as a group coordinator will involve:

  • establishing a group of individuals who are passionate about supporting others to be more active and maintaining the Network
  • welcoming new volunteers to the group and the specifics of their role locally 
  • establishing a programme of local activities volunteers can join in with e.g. meetings, workdays, signing rides, walks, promotional stalls and socials
  • understanding the different maintenance responsibilities for the National Cycle Network in your area 
  • identifying gaps and opportunities for volunteers, and supporting recruitment as needed in coordination with local staff
  • recording your own activities on our dedicated website for Sustrans volunteers, and encouraging your volunteer group to do the same
  • creating and reviewing a volunteer group plan of tasks and activities, in coordination with your group and Sustrans.
  • following Sustrans’ Health and Safety and Safeguarding policies and procedures, and demonstrate these to the volunteer group
  • providing a communication link to the Sustrans volunteer coordinator and relevant local staff
  • being able and willing to act in accordance with Sustrans’ policies and procedures.
      

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 
  • works well within a team 
  • well organised 
  • able to facilitate and chair meetings 
  • able to communicate via email.

We welcome applicants with a wide range of skills but above all enthusiasm and commitment.

If you are interested in helping to improve your local routes for all users to enjoy, we’d like to hear from you.
  

Time commitment

  • One half-day to attend induction and activity-specific training.
  • One half-day per month (six days a year) to organise meetings or activities 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.
  • One day to meet with your Sustrans volunteer coordinator and area staff to discuss and review the volunteer group plan.
      

Training and support offered

  • An initial training and induction session will be provided regionally.
  • Sustrans offers a number of different training courses which will support you in your role e.g. group coordinator training, signing the network, organising and leading a workday, ride manager and walk leader training.
  • Networking opportunities with other volunteers.
  • You will receive central communications to support you in your role
  • An online community to find support from other volunteers.
  • Health and safety guidelines and simple risk assessments will be provided.
  • You will receive training, support and direction from the Sustrans volunteer coordinator, land manager and network development manager.
  • Other training can be requested.

Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk

Our Safeguarding Statement sets out Sustrans’ organisational commitment to safeguarding best practices.

  

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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