Volunteer Assistant, Children’s Bike Skills Sessions



Volunteer • Part Time

www.sustrans.org.uk cameron.reid@sustrans.org.uk 07717696999 / 0131 346 1384. Cameron Reid

Sectors: sustainable transport

Closing date: Sunday, 2nd June 2019  

Do you want to inspire young people to get active and out on their bikes? Do you want to gain experience working with children and running outdoor activities?

We’re looking for volunteers to help run children’s learn to cycle, bike skills sessions and led rides based in Camperdown Park, Dundee. You will be joining an experienced Sustrans volunteer in Sustrans Dundee volunteer group who will be leading these activities.

We will give you training in teaching children to cycle, running bike skills sessions, leading bike rides, and first aid, track and roadside bike repair. You will get a recognised training certificate for these.

You will need to have a Disclosure Scotland disclosure check for working with children. We will arrange this with you.

We are running children’s bike activities to help inspire children to be more active, develop cycling skills they can use throughout their lives, and inspire them to cycle more for short journeys with their families. Cycling is something the whole family can enjoy together.

Summary of tasks

You will be

  • helping to set up and run sessions and to lead bike rides
  • promoting the family rides through posters, social media and spreading the word among your contacts.

You will also have the opportunity to:

  • train to be in overall charge of a session or bike ride
  • learn about first aid and be the first aid person on the bike rides you help with
  • learn about bike maintenance to so that you can help with minor path-side repairs.

Skills required

  • are you a good listener?
  • are you confident riding a bike?
  • do you enjoy working with children do?
  • are you good at working as part of a team?
  • are you reliable?
  • cycling can be normal everyday transport for everyone. It’s important to think about how we can make it as accessible, easy and natural as possible. There are often many way indirect ways you can help to do this
  • you need to be aware that how you individually present yourself in terms of behaviour, appearance, attitudes and beliefs, will have important effects on how participants come to regard cycling.

Time commitment

We are currently planning 2 to 3 sessions over the Easter school holidays and looking at planning more sessions for the summer holidays.

Training and support offered

Other benefits include:

  • Cycle Trainer Assistant – This is a one-day course that qualifies you to teach children basic and on-road cycling skills
  • Cycling Scotland Cycle Ride Leader – This is a one-day course that will give you the confidence and the qualifications to lead groups of adults and families on bike rides
  • First Aid Training
  • Track and Road-side Bike Maintenance Training
  • NSPCC Safeguarding Training
  • ongoing support from Sustrans staff
  • in addition to this Sustrans holds a number of training and networking days throughout the year
  • you will receive ongoing feedback for the role and are able to join our online forum of volunteers where you can receive advice and support
  • newsletters to keep you informed about Sustrans’ work
  • agreed expenses

Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

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

Contact information

For more information about this role, please contact Cameron Reid, Project Officer Active Communities Volunteering on cameron.reid@sustrans.org.uk or sustransvolunteersscotland@sustrans.org.uk

or call 07717696999/0131 346 1384.

To apply for this vacancy, please complete and return a volunteer application form and equal opportunities form.

Please download a pdf version if you wish to print and post your application form back to us. 

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