Why become a Sustrans volunteer?
Our volunteers are fundamental in looking after the National Cycle Network and supporting others to be more active.
From helping people discover the joys of cycling through the delivery of led rides, teaching children to ride a bike safely and running promotional stalls at local events – Sustrans volunteers are making a real difference in their communities.
What does a Sustrans volunteer ranger do?
As a volunteer, you'll be expected to carry out agreed tasks from your volunteer group plan.
Some tasks may be organised by the whole group and others are self-led.
Your tasks may include any of the following:
- inspect your route
- check for missing or broken signs and fit temporary signs as per the signing guidance
- attend group workdays, training and signing rides
- carry out general tidy ups and clear back overgrowing vegetation as per the health and safety guidance
- look after any artwork or mileposts on your route
- report any major issues to your volunteer coordinator or the Trans Pennine Trail office
- liaise with our Network Development Manager regarding any new route developments in your area
- take part in other group activities such as organised rides, bike maintenance, learn to ride sessions and events to promote the work of Sustrans and encourage more people to walk and cycle.
What we're looking for
We are looking for volunteers who:
- are self-motivated to carry out tasks independently once directed
- work well within a team
- live close to or travel regularly along your allocated section of the route by sustainable transport
- good communication skills
- there may be opportunities to further develop your role and support given to assist you with organising group activities such as workdays and rides.
We welcome applicants with a wide range of skills and above all, we're looking for people with lots of enthusiasm and commitment.
Ideally, your section of the route needs to be checked once a month and any issues reported to your group coordinator and the Trans Pennine Trail office.
Attendance at other organised activities as they arise.
Communication is essential to your role, so you'll also need to attend group meetings and activities to keep up-to-date with local developments and your group's plan.
Training and support offered
- The group coordinator, Sustrans Volunteer Coordinator and the Trans Pennine Trail Office will offer you all the support you need to carry out your role.
- An initial training and face-to-face induction session will be provided regionally.
- In addition, Sustrans organises a number of days throughout the year, which will offer valuable updates, networking opportunities with other volunteers and training in relevant skills.
- You will also receive regular communications to support you in your role and can join the online community to find support from other volunteers.
- 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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