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Volunteer task day organiser, Swindon



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 and habitat management tasks for groups of volunteers along the Railway Path between Swindon & Marlborough - part of National Route 45.

Our partner organisation Friends of the  Railway Path encourages people to use and enjoy the Railway Path from Coate Water, Swindon, to Marlborough.  Jointly, we organise an annual programme of workdays and events covering simple maintenance, habitat improvements and public wildlife walks.

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 Swindon area.

Summary of tasks

Your role as task day organiser will involve:

  • identify and plan the task following Sustrans’ volunteer guidance
  • complete a maintenance workday 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:

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

Time commitment

  • 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 workdays.
  • Attend 3-4  evening meetings per year.

Training and support offered

  • A full induction and on-going support will be provided by your Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Your Volunteer Co-ordinator will give you training in basic Sustrans Health and Safety policies and practices.
  • Sustrans also publishes extensive guidance on health and safety and notes on 'toolbox talks' for discussions in your group on key health and safety topics. We also provide and 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.

Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk

Our Safeguarding Statement sets out Sustrans’ organisational commitment to safeguarding best practice.

Find out more about the role

For more information about this role please contact Adam Jukes, South Volunteer Co-ordinator on [email protected] or call 0117 915 0208.