Do you have any spare time? Are you interested in volunteering?
Would you like to join a local group of volunteers and help improve cycle routes in your area?
Sustrans, the UK’s leading sustainable transport charity, and Kent County Council (KCC) are looking for more volunteers to become ‘rangers’ across the county.
Volunteer rangers help look after and promote their local sections of National Cycle Network (NCN) and other routes. All rangers are allocated a section of route to check regularly, dealing with any minor maintenance issues (such as litter, vegetation, checking signing) and reporting any major problems to KCC (such as potholes, permanent signing issues, diversions etc).
Time commitment is flexible but as a guide, the average is around 3-5 hours a month. All rangers are organised into groups which makes volunteering sociable and fun. Each group is led by a ‘liaison ranger’ who helps coordinate group activities such as rides (e.g. to look at signing), workdays (e.g. to clear a large area of vegetation) or perhaps a stall at a local event to help promote Sustrans and the local routes. Many of our rangers in the east Kent group are SPOKES members, including Chairperson Steve Fawke who is also the liaison ranger for the group.
Sustrans and KCC have formed a partnership with the aim of building on the existing number of rangers and groups within the county to ultimately help improve the cycle routes and encourage more people to take to two wheels.
To find out how you can help, contact your local Sustrans Volunteer Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 7017 2356.
Alternatively, check out Sustrans volunteering opportunities on the website www.sustrans.org.uk and click on Get Involved.