Published: 6th AUGUST 2020

Volunteer group coordinator, South Devon (shared role)

Do you enjoy inspiring and motivating people to carry out a range of practical tasks and community events? We're currently seeking a volunteer to encourage and co-ordinate Sustrans volunteer activities in South Devon alongside the other South Devon group coordinator with whom you’ll be sharing the role.

  • National Cycle Network
  • South Devon
  • Time commitment: 1-2 days per month
  • Type: Volunteer role
  • Closing date: Ongoing
  • Reference: 2020080401

Why become a Sustrans volunteer?

If you enjoy being outdoors, meeting new people or you would like to look after walking and cycling routes in your community, this role will provide you with these opportunities.

You’ll be able to play a key role in representing Sustrans in your community and receive on-going support from your volunteer coordinator and other Sustrans staff.

What does a Sustrans volunteer group coordinator do?

Group coordinators are key to enabling Sustrans to have a presence in towns and villages across the UK.

They help ensure that walking and cycling infrastructure, particularly local sections of the National Cycle Network are monitored and well maintained.

They also ensure their volunteer group is motivated to support more people to walk and cycle in their community.

As one of our fantastic group coordinators the tasks you undertake will include the following;

  • communicating with the group on a regular basis, and keeping group members in touch with what’s happening, including regional events
  • arranging three or four group meetings a year
  • supporting the group to carry out regular activities such as signing, basic maintenance and workdays on the National Cycle Network in South Devon
  • coordinating the local Sustrans volunteers including welcoming and inducting new volunteers, keeping track of the roles they are carrying out and letting us know of any inactive volunteers
  • putting together and regularly re-visiting the South Devon group plan
  • occasionally organising Sustrans stalls at local events
  • following Sustrans guidance to ensure all activities are undertaken safely.

We’re keen to ensure the role is as flexible as possible so do get in touch for an informal chat about the role. 

What we're looking for

We're looking for individuals who possess the following skills:

  • excellent communicator
  • good motivator, acting as a source of support and encouragement for others
  • be able to identify skills and interests in the group and co-ordinate activities and responsibilities
  • good attention to detail.

Time commitment

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

You'll receive:

  • one initial half-day induction to attend
  • 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

  • a two and a half hour volunteer welcome session and a two-hour Group Co-ordinator session
  • on-going support from the local Volunteer Co-ordinator
  • Sustrans organises a biannual group co-ordinator conference, which you will be invited to attend. This event covers valuable updates, networking opportunities with other group co-ordinators and training in volunteer management skills
  • in addition, we run an annual programme of regional and national volunteer days which will provide core skill training
  • you will receive central communications to support you in your role and can join our online community to find support from other Group Co-ordinators. 

Find out more about this role

We’re keen to ensure the role is as flexible as possible. Please do get in touch for an informal chat or to find out more about the role.

Contact our volunteer coordinator, Adam Jukes on adam.jukes@sustrans.org.uk or call 07833 236 443.

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