Published: 22nd JUNE 2020

Volunteer group coordinator, North Suffolk

Do you enjoy inspiring and motivating people to carry out a range of tasks? We're currently seeking a motivated, organised and positive person for the role of volunteer group coordinator to coordinate the work of our fantastic volunteers in North Suffolk.

  • Sector: National Cycle Network
  • Location: North Suffolk
  • Time commitment: approximately 1 day per month
  • Volunteer role
  • Closing date: ongoing
  • Reference: 2002207

As a group coordinator, you would be responsible for coordinating local volunteer activities. This involves motivating a volunteer group to carry out a range of tasks aimed at maintaining and enhancing the National Cycle Network, supporting Sustrans’ projects in the area and/or promoting walking and cycling. 

Group coordinators often carry out another volunteer role in addition, usually that of route maintenance volunteer ranger.

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 may help people discover the joys of cycling in all manner of ways or run promotional stalls at local events.

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

What does a Sustrans volunteer do?

As a volunteer group coordinator you will:

  • create and review a volunteer group plan of tasks and activities, in coordination with the local volunteer group and Sustrans 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 National Cycle Network in your 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 Sustrans volunteer coordinator and relevant local staff 
  • follow Sustrans’ Health and Safety and Safeguarding policies and procedures, and demonstrate these to the volunteer group
  • attend group/project meetings, relevant training and activities 
  • be able and willing to act in accordance with Sustrans’ policies and procedures
  • record your own activities on our dedicated website for Sustrans volunteers, and encourage the volunteer group to do the same.

What we're looking for

To apply for this role you should be:

  • a good communicator
  • someone who enjoys working with people, motivating others and acting as
  • supportive and encouraging to others
  • able to identify skills and interest in the group and coordinate activities and responsibilities
  • able to work with a diverse range of people.

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.
  • Up to 12 evening meetings per year (it may be less).
  • One day to meet with your Sustrans volunteer coordinator and area staff to discuss and review the volunteer 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.

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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