Published: 10th JUNE 2020

Volunteer group coordinator, Northumberland North

Are you passionate about the National Cycle Network? Would you like to help make it easier for people to walk and cycle? We are looking for a group coordinator in the Northern area of Northumberland to bring together and motivate local volunteers and to coordinate group activities.

  • National Cycle Network
  • Northumberland
  • Time commitment: 1-2 days per month
  • Type: Volunteer role
  • Closing date: Ongoing
  • Reference: 202006097

You will act as the main volunteer contact in the area, linking in with the other local Sustrans groups and staff. You will share information, knowledge and resources with local volunteers.

This group covers Route 1 and Route 68 in Northumberland from Amble Marina to Belford.

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?

  • leading 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 eg 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

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

We would like the successful volunteer to remain in this role for at least two years if possible.

  • One initial half-day to attend an 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.

Training and support offered

  • You will receive training, support and direction from the Sustrans Volunteer Co-ordinator, Land Manager and Network Development Manager
  • An initial training and induction session will be provided regionally.
  • Sustrans offer a number of different training courses that will support you in your role e.g. group coordinator training, organising and leading a workday, signing the network, ride manager and walk leader training.
  • Other training will provide valuable updates and networking opportunities with other volunteers and group co-ordinators.
  • You will receive central communications to support you in your role and can join the online community to find support from other group co-ordinators.
  • Health and safety guidelines and simple risk assessments will be provided.

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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