Published: 10th JUNE 2020

Volunteer group coordinator, Selby (TPT)

Would you like to help make it easier for people to walk and cycle? We are looking for a group coordinator in the Selby area to bring together and motivate local volunteers and to coordinate group activities. You will act as the main volunteer contact in the area and ensure information, knowledge and resources are shared with local volunteers, linking in with the other local Sustrans groups, staff and the Trans Pennine Trail office.

  • National Cycle Network
  • Location: Yorkshire and Humber
  • Time commitment: 1-2 days per month
  • Volunteer role
  • Closing date: Ongoing
  • Reference: 275204

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. This usually includes our route maintenance or ranger roles.

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 will you be doing?

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 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, Sustrans and TPT Office staff.
  • following Sustrans’ and TPT Health and Safety and Safeguarding policies and procedures, and demonstrate these to the volunteer group
  • providing a communication link to the Sustrans volunteer coordinator, relevant local staff and the TPT Office
  • attend the Eastern TPT meeting (3 per year)
  • being able and willing to act in accordance with Sustrans’ and TPT 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.

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.
  • 3 half days per year to attend TPT meetings.

Training and support offered

  • signing training
  • ride/walk leader training
  • first aid training
  • 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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