Published: 22nd MARCH 2021

Volunteer walking rangers, Sheffield (Shepcote Lane - Tinsley walking route)

Are you passionate about walking and the National Cycle Network in Sheffield? We’re looking for volunteers to help maintain the Network and keep the route in top condition. The Sheffield volunteer groups help to look after a number of routes including National route 62 which is part of the popular Trans Pennine Trail coast to coast route.

  • Role: National Cycle Network
  • Location: Sheffield
  • Time commitment: approximately one day per month
  • Type: volunteer role
  • Closing date: ongoing
  • Reference: 01032021

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 and walking through the delivery of led rides and walks to teaching children to ride a bike safely.

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. This will be in coordination with your group and Sustrans.

Your role as a ranger may involve:

  • inspecting an allocated section of the route
  • carrying out general tidy ups and clearing back overgrown vegetation
  • checking for missing or broken signs and fitting temporary signs
  • attending group workdays, training and signing rides
  • looking after any artwork or mileposts on your route
  • taking part in other group activities
  • reporting any major issues
  • liaising with our network development manager regarding any new route developments in your area
  • recording your own activities on our website for Sustrans volunteers
  • following Sustrans’ Health and Safety and Safeguarding policies and procedures
  • being able and willing to act in accordance with Sustrans’ policies and procedures.

What we're looking for

We're looking for people who:

  • are self-motivated to carry out tasks independently once directed
  • work well within a team
  • lives close to or travels regularly along your allocated section of route by sustainable transport
  • has good communication skills
  • are able to work with a diverse range of people and committed to the Sustrans mission.

We welcome applicants with a wide range of skills but above all enthusiasm and commitment.

If you are interested in helping to improve your local routes for all users to enjoy, we’d like to hear from you.

Time commitment

Ideally, your section of the route needs to be checked once a month.

Training and support offered

  • An initial training and induction session.
  • Different training courses that will support you in your role.
  • Networking opportunities with other volunteers.
  • You will receive central communications.
  • An online community to find support from other volunteers.
  • Health and safety guidelines and simple risk assessments will be provided.
  • Opportunities to further develop your role
  • Support given to assist you with organising group activities such as workdays and rides.

For more information contact your local volunteer co-ordinator, Liz Edwards, on volunteers-north@sustrans.org.uk or call 07890 601 804.

To find out more about the Trans Pennine Trail, head to the TPT website. You can also contact the TPT office on info@transpenninetrail.org.uk or call 01226 772 574.

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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