Published: 10th JUNE 2020

Volunteer group coordinator, York North

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

  • National Cycle Network
  • York
  • Time commitment: 1-2 days per month
  • Type: volunteer role
  • Closing date: ongoing
  • 202006096

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 and staff.

This group covers the Way of the Roses Route (Route 65) from the Millennium bridge to Stripe Lane (Skelton).

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 group coordinator do?

Your role as a group coordinator will involve:

  • 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 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 
  • is a good motivator, acting as a source of support and
  • encourages others 
  • works well within a team 
  • is well organised 
  • is able to facilitate and chair meetings 
  • is able to communicate via email.

Time commitment

Ideally we would like the successful volunteer to remain in this role for at least two years.

  • 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.
  • One day to meet with your Sustrans volunteer coordinator and area staff to discuss and review your 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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