The volunteering opportunity is to lead and support CHANGES Cycling for Health Project. The 10-week cycling programmes are run in Musselburgh. The cycle rides last approximately one and a half hours per week and are run in blocks of 10 weeks. The volunteering role is to train as a cycle ride leader and support participants to get back to cycling by improving their cycling skills. There are two ride leaders per four participants and the programme starts with building the participants skills before taking them on risk assessed cycle paths, which occasionally include short stretches of quiet roads. Bicycles and helmets are provided to volunteers and participants if required.
Help with the running of newly established community interest company, helping remove barriers to cycling and making cycling accessible to all by risk assessing and leading cycle rides for individuals with varying ability.
What level of commitment is required for this role?
Volunteer Cycle Ride Leaders are required for about 2-3 hours each week (or as previously agreed with Project Co-ordinator). Rides are up to 90 minutes and refreshments with the group after the ride is encouraged. All Ability Cycling sessions are likely to last around an hour. Volunteers are required to familiarise themselves with the route and carry out health and safety checks prior to rides.
We ask that volunteer Cycle Ride Leaders commit to one cycle ride programme/block of sessions; generally a programme is 6 weeks. Holidays and other commitments can be covered and volunteers are asked to give the Project Co-ordinator as much notice as possible.
If this level of commitment is too much but you would still like to be involved in the programme then please talk to the Project Co-ordinator.
Volunteering with FABB’s Blazing Saddles’ all-ability cycling engagement programmes is exciting and fun! You learn how to lead a group of disabled riders on a range of bikes like side-by-sides, tandems, wheelchair transporters, hand-cycles and decide whether you wish to progress to bike maintenance, roadside repair and, First Aid Training courses. You are not expected to be a competitive athlete for this role as we are assisting riders at the beginning of their pedalling experiences, progressing towards a more sustainable mainstream cycling hub with friends and family.
• To give talks when requested to local organisations and groups within a 15 mile radius of the your home
• Keeping up to date with Guide Dogs news and key messages
• Talks should be natural and enthusiastic, tailored to the audience and following guidelines on current key messages
• Passing any donations given for talks to the Mobility Team as per guidelines
• Attending cheque presentations when requested by the local Mobility Team
• Informing your Mobility Team Support Worker of any requests to do talks using the speaker cards supplied
• Encouraging local organisations and groups to volunteer or fundraise on behalf of Guide Dogs