I Bike schools volunteering (Aberdeenshire)
You can support your local ‘I Bike’ team with outdoor activities for children and young people at a school in your area. You can also help by looking after and fixing the bikes we lend out. This makes it possible for children and young people, who don’t have access to a bike to learn as well.
The activities you can help with could include:
- teaching children and young people how to cycle or scoot
- doing school playground cycle skills activities
- leading cycle rides or walks in your area near the school
- showing how to look after and repair a cycle
- helping with the maintenance of our bikes that we lend out (training provided).
And much more! Volunteering is flexible. Just let us know in your application if there are certain activities or tasks that you would like to do. This includes if you only want to help look after our bicycles, and not be engaged directly with activities for children.
You can also be part of the ‘Access to Bikes’ team that help provide bicycles to learn on.
We will provide you with training and support during your time volunteering. You will learn how to engage children and young people with the activities and ensure that they are delivered safely.
Does this sound like you?
- enjoy being active outdoors
- have an enthusiastic mindset about doing activities in schools
- are interested in learning new skills to engage in cycling, wheeling and / or walking activities
- would enjoy engaging a diverse group of children and young people
- share our values and mission to get more people cycling, walking and wheeling in your community.
Then let us know your interest in helping with our I Bike school activities in your area.
Volunteering activities are within school hours between 9am and 3pm during school term times. There are no activities during school holidays.
We are flexible on how much time you can help each week or month. We can help you find times to fit in with your commitments. Let us know what suits you. We can also start with a taster session and see how you like it.
Volunteering for everyone with Sustrans
We are committed to representing the diverse communities we work with, and we welcome people from all backgrounds to volunteer with us. We commit to equity and an inclusive culture, so volunteering is for everyone.
We believe that a diverse and inclusive organisation brings with it a diversity of ideas and ways of working, which strengthens everything we do.
Please have a look at the website above and our Volunteering agreement before you join. Then you know what we all expect from each other when volunteering.
Please let us know in the application form, if you need any support or adjustments to make our first chat together and volunteering a positive experience for you.
Any expenses for helping with these activities, which have been agreed, will be paid back to you. This can include for tools and public transport on the day of volunteering.
If you don’t have an email address, or for any other reason aren’t able to fill in our online form, not to worry. Reach out to your local Volunteer Coordinator (find here), and they can fill in the details for you.
**We will ask you for the contact details of a person, who you have known for more than 6 months (1 reference). ** Please have these ready when filling in the application form. If you need support identifying a reference, please let us know.
We will do a PVG (enhanced disclosure) check for these activities, as you are volunteering with children and youth under 18. We will do this check on your behalf, so you only need to provide a few details. We won’t do this until after we have had our first chat together about the activities. You will be able to attend some supervised activities until the check comes through.
We won’t do a disclosure check, if you only want to do bike care and repair activities without involvement of children or young people. However, this will change if you later decide to join school activities.
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