Posted: Wed, 12 Jun 2019 16:00
About Wheels for All Oxford
Wheels for All provides inclusive cycling facilities for anyone aged 16+ in a safe and supportive environment. Sessions currently run on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month from 09:30-12.00 with a view to increase this to every week.Sessions take place at the Athletics Track. Horspath Road, Oxford, OX4 2RR.
Parking, changing rooms and bathrooms are all available on site and refreshments are provided at each session. Wheels for All is a national inclusive cycling initiative developed by Cycling Projects with the aim of making cycling accessible to all with a particular focus on offering fun.
There is a wide range of bikes available during the session including a wheelchair transporter, several tricycles, a quad, side by sides, a tandem, hand cycles, e-bike and some shopper bikes. Participants generally come with a carer or support from their school or club and the session offers an opportunity to socialise for everyone attending. Independent participants looking for assistance in re-discovering the confidence to cycle are also welcome, including those in older age groups.
Cycling is both physically and cognitively stimulating; for some participants this is the only opportunity they have to take part in physical activity.
Volunteer Roles and Expected Tasks
Role A – Session Leader & Helpers
Session set up including moving bikes from storage to trackside (Essential)
Able to cycle and help ride alongside users on the track (Essential)
Have an understanding of bike mechanics ( Desirable - training can be provided)
Ensure participants are all wearing correctly fitted helmets (training provided) and assisting in selecting suitable bike.
Willing to engage with people who have a range of learning and physical disabilities and range of ages (Essential).
Regular volunteers will be required to complete a DBS check, and undertake a safeguarding and first aid course (Essential – can be provided by WFA).
Hours Session Leaders: 8.30-12.30 on Fridays when available Helpers: 9.30-11.00 or 11.00 – 12.30 (or both) on Fridays when available
Role B – Session Coordinator/Administrator
Meet and greet participants (who have a range of learning and physical disabilities) and ensure that they feel welcome.
Registering participants, recording data and consent form*
Ensuring photo consent is fully understood*.
Help provide refreshments for participants.
Support the advertising and marketing of sessions (e.g. website) (Experience Desirable) Hours
9.00-12.00 on Fridays** * Must follow GDPR guidelines (training provided) ** Some administrative tasks could be undertaken off-site
Commitment Level Wheels for All are looking for Session Leaders and Session Coordinators who can regularly volunteer their time. The programme would like to move to running weekly, and a group of volunteers would allow for a rota to be drawn up to provide flexibility for volunteers and freeing up time for holidays etc without sessions having to be cancelled. N.B Helpers and casual volunteers are also very welcome to get in touch (or drop in). Roles would be specific to the needs of participants on any given day.
Registering Interest If you would like to apply to join the Wheels for All team please email enquiries@WFAOxford.org stating which role(s) you would be interested in, why you would like to volunteer and any relevant experience. Please also see our website at http://www.wfaoxford.org/