April 23, 20246 Minutes

Job Opportunity – Active Travel Project Coordinator

Active Travel Project Coordinator

Projects: Walks and Wheels Pilot & Community Bike Rides

Location: Doncaster

Type of Contract: Initially, Part Time 21 hours per week but building up to 35 hours in summer 2024. Fixed Term till August 2025 with possibility to be extended for 4 months.

Doncaster is piloting an Active Travel Social Prescribing scheme with a grant from the Department for Transport. The scheme offers cycle lessons and bike loans alongside support to help people to join walking groups and use parks and open spaces, specifically helping people with disabilities and long-term health conditions.

There has been major investment in new equipment such as walking aids, regular and adapted bikes, route planning and storage. The plan aims to increase people’s activity levels and thereby reduce the number of doctors’ appointments and people’s reliance on medication.

Yorkshire Bike Shack CIC, in collaboration with Flourish at Woodfield Park and Pedal Ready, are delivering the contract which runs until August 2025 (possibly extended till December 2025). The pilot will take place in three phases beginning in Balby/Hexthorpe and progressing into Bentley and Wheatley areas of Doncaster.

 

Purpose of the Job:
The Project Coordinator will, under guidance from our Directors, oversee all aspects of the Walks and Wheels Project and Community Bike Rides. Specifically, they will focus on bike related activities.

 

Key priorities will involve:

  • Encouraging and enabling participation in healthy cycling activities and initiatives that improve the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of Doncaster residents.
  • Generating referrals by engaging with groups and organisations in the Doncaster area.
  • Working with our workshop staff to ensure the maintenance and upkeep of the pilot’s pool of bikes.
  • Supporting the coordination, implementation, development and evaluation of the health and well-being provision and referral pathways with partners and work individually with clients participating in the initiative.
  • Supporting and participating in stakeholder events, business networking meetings and active travel cafes to promote the pilot.

 

Key Accountabilities:

  • Monitoring and development of the project.
  • Coordinating the delivery of cycling activity for participants with health conditions, including coordination of subcontractors, leaders and assisting delivery.
  • Helping and encouraging hesitant individuals to attend.
  • Collecting and entering confidential data from participants in social prescribing activities and ensuring information is kept up to date.
  • Creating a variety of cycling/walking route maps that showcase local routes and active travel options.
  • Supporting and participating in stakeholder and networking events.
  • Managing the client database and collating monthly reports to be sent to the local authority who oversee the project
  • Attending monthly contract meetings with the local authority, accompanied by subcontractors.
  • The post holder may be required to work flexible hours, where necessary, to meet the demands of the post.

 

Conditions:

  • The post holder will be expected to visit areas throughout Doncaster using public transport or their vehicle for work related journeys. It is the responsibility of the post holder to ensure that their car insurance covers them for this purpose. Mileage for any travel outside of the route from home to our workshop will be covered by the Company.
  • Pension contribution in line with current legislation.
  • Please note, the post holder will be subject to an enhanced DBS background check.

The Person Specification Qualifications and Experience:

 

***Essential Criteria***:

  • Experience of active community involvement, whether paid or unpaid, e.g. working with support groups, charities or sports clubs at a local level.
  • Experience of organising, promoting and/or encouraging participation in community consultations, events & activities.
  • Experience of working with spreadsheets and general administration.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience in leading community cycling initiatives.
  • Qualifications or training in relevant fields including first aid, COM-B and ride leading.
  • Experience of delivering with local authority contracts.

 

Knowledge and Skills:

Essential Criteria:

  • Good knowledge of the Doncaster region and community.
  • A proven interest in outdoor activities for health & wellbeing.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Knowledge of key local contacts in the outdoor, health and community development sectors.
  • Knowledge of similar cycling initiatives and active travel projects.
  • Knowledge of social prescribing systems and processes.
  • Worked with local authority contracts and funding suppliers e.g. National Lottery.

 

Personal Attributes:

Essential Criteria:

  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Ability to converse with people from a broad range of backgrounds and in a variety of settings.
  • Competence with IT, a good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and email systems.
  • Motivated, confident, committed individual.
  • Team player, able to inspire & motivate others.
  • Able to work on own initiative with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to work out of hours/weekends where required.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Understanding of and commitment to the principles of sustainability and inclusion.

 

Benefits:

  • Company pension
  • Employee discount
  • Some work from home

 

Experience:

  • community engagement: min 1 year
  • Microsoft Office: min 2 years
  • Be able to ride a bicycle confidently