Published: 1st OCTOBER 2019

Volunteer Task Day Organiser on the National Cycle Network, Plymouth

Are you good at motivating others and bringing people together to carry out practical activities? We're currently seeking a volunteer task day organiser to identify and plan route maintenance tasks for groups of volunteers in Plymouth.

  • National Cycle Network
  • Plymouth
  • around one day a month
  • volunteer role
  • Ongoing
  • Reference 92181

We're looking for an individual to help organise activities along the Drakes Trail between Plymouth & Clearbrook. It's part of National Route 27 - part of the famous Devon Coast to Coast route.

Our Plymouth volunteer group monitor & maintain the National Cycle Network ensuring routes are clear of vegetation and well signed.

They are also working with Sustrans staff to deliver our Greener Greenways project on a section of the trail. This will create a number of habitat management activities.

This is a great opportunity to be part of a sociable group of volunteers who are making a fantastic contribution to local walking & cycling provision in the Plymouth area.

Summary of tasks

The activities you will carry out as a Volunteer Task Day Organiser include:

  • identify and plan the task following Sustrans’ volunteer guidance
  • complete a maintenance task day risk assessment and plan, and submit two weeks prior to the event
  • liaise with existing maintenance teams/contractors and other community groups, and promote opportunities for partnership working
  • source tools and equipment where necessary
  • regularly check and maintain tools to ensure they are in safe working order
  • audit tools supplied by Sustrans twice a year to check for missing or broken tools
  • promote and delegate responsibilities to other local volunteers
  • register and brief attendees
  • supervise tasks and ensure everyone is undertaking their tasks safely
  • evaluate and report back on the event, including any incident reports
  • attend relevant training sessions
  • record volunteer activities on VolunteerNet

Skills required

We're looking for someone who:

  • is good motivator, acting as a source of support and encouragement for others
  • is an excellent communicator
  • works well within a team
  • is systematic
  • has good attention to detail
  • is aware of biodiversity and wildlife management
  • is able and willing to act in accordance with Sustrans’ policies and procedures

Time commitment

We're looking for individuals who can give:

  • a half day initially to attend induction and activity-specific training
  • one to two days per year to attend training events
  • a half day (six days a year) - monthly check of route and identify route maintenance needs
  • three to six days to organise and carry out several route maintenance task days
  • attend 3-4  evening meetings per year

Training and support offered

  • A full induction and ongoing support will be provided by your Sustrans Volunteer Coordinator
  • Your Volunteer Coordinator will give you training in basic Sustrans Health and Safety policies and practices
  • We also provide guidance on route maintenance and on the organisation of task days and other activities
  • Sustrans organises a number of all-volunteer days throughout the year, which will offer valuable updates, networking opportunities with other volunteers and training in relevant skills

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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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