Volunteer Bike Coordinator
London Welcome Project is looking for a volunteer Bike Coordinator to oversee, develop and expand our bike project.
About the organisation
London Welcome Project (LWP) is a member-driven, non-profit social centre where asylum seekers, refugees and all migrants can meet and socialise. On Sunday afternoons we offer a warm and welcoming space, including lunch where our members can socialise, share experiences, learn from one another and engage in a variety of workshops and activities. LWP strives to break the isolation that any migrants experience, and challenge the injustice and discrimination that they often face, based on equal relationships and solidarity with our members.
With the help of our skilled volunteers, visitors to London Welcome Project’s Bike Project can have their bikes repaired. We have a full selection of tools and the bike workshop is open to the whole community: http://londonwelcomeproject.org/bike-project/
About the role
We currently offer a free bike-fixing service for members of the local community with tools and equipment for visitors to fix their own bikes with the support of our bike volunteers. The role would involve managing the bike volunteers and overseeing the smooth coordination of the project on Sundays.
The Bike Project has been running since the start of the London Welcome Project but needs some love and attention to bring it back up to its full potential! This role would help us get to a position where we can provide free, donated bikes to our visitors, which they can fix and use to get around London without the costs of public transport. This would involve building local partnerships and sourcing tools, bikes and bike parts. This includes sourcing helmets and lights to ensure that all visitors ride away safely.
– sourcing and collecting tools, bikes and bike parts;
– overseeing the work of volunteers and visitors;
– allocating bikes to visitors;
– giving lessons and instructions in bike maintenance;
– ensuring that all bikes given to volunteers are roadworthy and safe;
– building local partnerships to support the development of the bike project.
The coordinator’s role will also involve working in collaboration with seven other coordinators to ensure the smooth running of the centre. This would include shared responsibility for strategic planning and budgeting, and maintaining a safe space on Sundays.
This is an opportunity to be a part of a rich and diverse London community which is a rewarding experience. Depending on funding we may be able to cover costs of further mechanic training.
Skills & experience:
It is essential that that candidate shares the values and ethos of the project and has bike mechanic skills. The ideal candidate would also have the following skills:
– Ability to manage volunteers
– Ability to set and work to a budget
– Ability to build partnerships
– Some knowledge of the UK asylum system and issues facing asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants
– Experience of working in a community or charity organisation (desirable)
A DBS check is not necessary for this role but is desirable.
– Enthusiasm for working in a voluntary organisation with people from diverse backgrounds
– Strong self-motivation and energy
– Interpersonal skills (friendly, open and approachable)
– A calm manner when dealing with volunteers and visitors
– Compassion and understanding for others
– A strong belief in equality and solidarity.
The successful candidate should be able to commit to be at the centre at least two Sundays a month 12-5pm. Some additional hours are required to coordinate the delivery of bike parts and donated bikes, and meet the other coordinators for planning sessions (once a month).
We require a minimum commitment of 6 months.
This is a voluntary role. The cost of any mechanic qualifications for the bike coordinator would be reliant on successfully securing funds for this purpose.
How to apply
Please email at firstname.lastname@example.org by the 29th of April 2018 to register interest and we will send you some questions about the role. Please feel free to e-mail for more information.