Ride Volunteers

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Pedaller Joanne takes Pat (care home resident) and Companion Jodie for a Cycling Without Age Ride

Our Ride volunteer opportunities are open!

Can you help us deliver York’s exciting Cycling Without Age Rides? You’ll offer Rides on an electric rickshaw bike to elder passengers from care communities across York, either as a Pedaller or a Companion. You’ll ride together along green routes, through parks and around the city, so that you and your passengers can experience fresh air, companionship, freedom, and feel the wind in your hair! We guarantee you will enjoy this valuable, rewarding, and fun, role.

First of all, do sit back and enjoy watching some short videos about the Rides and from current volunteers on this page. Then read more about the Rides and the roles. If you are interested, please email julie.yorkbikebelles@gmail.com for an application form.

Overview

Cycling Without Age is a fast-growing international movement that originated in Copenhagen. York Bike Belles brought Cycling Without Age Rides to York in 2018 and, after a pandemic pause, restarted them in 2021. Find out more on our dedicated Cycling Without Age Rides page.

The volunteer roles are part-time and flexible, based in York. We ask that you volunteer for around 1 day (8 hours) a month for at least a year. This time includes one shift for care home rides or community rides every month as a minimum, exploring routes, and ‘buddy’ support to the team. From Summer 2022, because of a recent increase in demand, we would ideally like you to help with rides every 2 weeks. We ask for a reference, and that you complete a DBS check, a Ride Volunteer Training programme, and book at least one shift a month well in advance.

In return, we’ll support and celebrate you, and offer comprehensive training, development and social opportunities. Many current Volunteers get deep satisfaction and joy from the role. It’s a rare opportunity to give back and serve our elder community, with chat, smiles and songs as you ride together! You’ll also get outdoor exercise, meet like-minded people and improve your own happiness, health and wellbeing, and quality of life. You’ll grow your own sense of purpose and feel a valued part of the team and the wider York community.

And have a lot of fun!

Volunteer Role 1 – Pedaller

Pedaller Role and Responsibilities

We’d like you to deliver regular Cycling Without Age Rides and take Elders from care communities on a three-seater electric-powered bike or ‘Trio Bike‘ on bike rides around York. The bike is affectionately called ‘Trixie’.

We ask that you deliver at least one Pedaller shift every month (ideally, every 2 weeks) for care home rides or community rides for at least a year. Shifts are usually 2 hours long and consist of 2 Rides.

Responsibilities include:

  • booking Pedaller shift dates well in advance as part of the 3-month seasonal York Bike Belles Activity Programme.
  • ‘reccy’ or ride through of the proposed route, and carrying out a risk assessment of the route if necessary.
  • collection of the Trio Bike from Cycle Heaven in Hospital Fields Road, Fulford.
  • pedalling of the bike (empty) to the care home, and meeting with the older person and carer, relative or other companion (passengers). If no carer, there may be two older people on the ride.
  • pedalling the older person and companion on an agreed, risk assessed route for up to an hour, with perhaps a stop at a cafe, park or other activity, and returning them to their residence. Repeating with second set of passengers.
  • returning the bike to Cycle Heaven.
  • emailing a brief ride report to the Cycling Without Age Rides Coordinator.
  • supporting other Pedallers on buddy Rides.
  • following York Bike Belles’ volunteer policies and procedures, including safeguarding, health and safety, and privacy.
  • participating in ongoing development.

We have Covid-safe procedures in place which will be covered in the Pedaller training programme. Please note that some of our care partners require volunteers to have a negative lateral flow test on the morning of the volunteering activity (tests supplied).

Person Specification

You are keen to help improve the quality of life and well being of older people.

You are enthusiastic about cycling and its benefits for health, well being and community life.

You are a confident and competent cyclist with good bike handling skills and a good awareness of routes around York. Training can be provided.

You have excellent communication skills.

You are self-motivated and have a positive, can-do attitude.

You are able to motivate and enthuse others.

You are able to work independently and as part of a team.

You are a positive advocate for older people, cycling and York Bike Belles.

You are IT literate.

You are able to walk, cycle or use sustainable transport as part of your role.

Join us! Be the change you want to see in the world.

Volunteer Role 2 – Companion

Companion Role and Responsibilities

We’d like you to ride with elder passengers as a friendly Companion in regular Cycling Without Age Nature Rides on a three-seater electric-powered bike or ‘Trio Bike‘ around green spaces in York. The bike is affectionately called ‘Trixie’.

We ask that you deliver at least one Companion shift a month for at least a year. If you have more availability, you could ride with passengers on a series of weekly Rides.

Responsibilities include:

  • booking Companion Ride dates as referrals come in through the CWA Coordinator.
  • ‘reccy’ ride or walk through the proposed route, liaising with the volunteer who will be Pedalling your ride and agreeing at least 3 ‘Nature Pauses’. These are brief stops in the Ride where you will help passengers to connect with nature.
  • on the day of the Ride, meeting the Pedaller at Cycle Heaven in Hospital Fields Road, Fulford.
  • on the day of the Ride, meeting the passenger either at Cycle Heaven or riding in Trixie to an agreed pick-up point to meet the passenger.
  • riding with and chatting to the older/ elder passenger in Trixie on an agreed, risk assessed route for up to an hour, helping with the ‘Nature Pauses’, and returning to Cycle Heaven or other agreed pick-up point.
  • helping to obtain photos or recordings of the Ride experience.
  • after the Ride, emailing a brief Ride report and any photo or recordings to the Cycling Without Age Rides Coordinator.
  • following York Bike Belles’ volunteer policies and procedures, including safeguarding, health and safety, and privacy.
  • participating in ongoing development.

We have Covid-safe procedures in place which will be covered in the Companion training programme.

Person Specification

You are keen to help improve the quality of life and wellbeing of older people.

You have an interest in nature and the local environment.

You are enthusiastic about cycling, walking and nature connection and their benefits for health, wellbeing and community life.

You have excellent communication skills.

You are self-motivated and have a positive, can-do attitude.

You are able to motivate and enthuse others.

You are able to work independently and as part of a team.

You are a positive advocate for older people, cycling and York Bike Belles.

You are IT literate.

You are able to walk, cycle or use sustainable transport as part of your role.

Join us! Be the change you want to see in the world.

Can you help grow our Rides?

York Bike Belles relies on grants, donations and sponsorship to fund our work. Your donation will enable us to offer Rides to more Elders and make a real difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in York. You can donate here.