Community Cycle Leader Volunteer Role

Role description: The ‘Restoring Stover Park’ project is supporting a new community cycle club as part of Cycling UK’s network of around 150 Community Cycle Clubs who, in the last year alone, delivered more than 2000 cycling activities. The aim is to inspire more people to Cycle and use this mode of transport when travelling to Stover Country Park.

We are now seeking volunteers to lead group cycle rides within the vicinity of Stover Country Park/ Newton Abbot/ Bovey Tracey. The rides will be aimed at improver/ intermediate cyclists and typically take place monthly.

Full training is available a no cost, including Group Leader Training, Basic Bike Maintenance and First Aid.

When: Training in spring 2024, then leading regular rides on a rota with other volunteers across spring, summer, Autumn.

Where: Multiple Locations: Stover Country Park and surrounding area cycling routes.

Commitment: 1- 2 times per month.

Positions available: 6

Supported by: Stover Country Park and Cycling UK

Tasks and activities:

Planning and leading regular rides, often jointly with other ride leaders

  • Welcoming riders and helping to create a friendly and inclusive atmosphere
  • Supporting new and less experienced cyclists to build their confidence and ensure no one is left behind
  • Carrying out basic cycle safety checks before the ride
  • Helping to promote the rides within the local community
  • Collecting data (signing up new members and taking a ride register)

Training and Skills Received:

  • Access to Cycling UK training courses, such as Group Leader Training, Basic Bike Maintenance and First Aid
  • Skills development including leadership, management and communication skills
  • Increasing your knowledge of local cycle routes and areas of interest
  • Health benefits from regular cycling
  • Satisfaction of increasing the health and wellbeing of others in your local community
  • Networking opportunities with other Community Cycling Clubs in your region

Personal qualities and experience:

  • A confident cyclist with knowledge of local cycle routes
  • Friendly, welcoming and encouraging
  • Sensitive to others’ needs and able to assess someone’s general wellbeing, cycling level and confidence before a ride
  • Able to do simple repairs, including puncture repairs during rides (training will be provided where necessary)
  • Reliable and punctual

This post is part of the Restoring Stover Park project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and working in partnership with Cycling UK

Access to all relevant equipment will be provided, including binoculars and camera. Reasonable expenses may be claimed

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