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Chrisp Street Community Cycles Volunteer

Poplar HARCA has partnered up with active travel organisation Sustrans and environmental organisation HUBBUB to bring residents the Chrisp Street Family Cycle Centre. We will offer free cycle hire, routes, trips, led rides, maintenance, classes and more. This is a pilot project and will last 8 weeks starting the last week of July.

This opportunity is suitable for anyone who is passionate about cycling and can help to encourage others to take up active travel. You may be a new learner or an experienced cyclist but you will be able to warmly welcome residents into the space, talk about the programme of events, chat about cycling and support with bookings and the hire of cycles.


Useful Contacts

Terri Calbraith
Strategic Partnerships Lead

Sabiha Khanam
Volunteering Coordinator
0797 686 4217
0207 510 0576

  • Be a passionate advocate for cycling, encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to take part in cycling
  • Take the time to understand the cycling programme and get to know what other local cycling programmes are offering so you can talk about them knowledgably with residents
  • Support in the coordination and day to day running of the Cycle Centre, collecting keys, accessing bikes, welcoming learners and supporting instructors
  • Take part in programmed sessions if you wish, giving learners positive encouragement and if appropriate guidance
  • Help gather feedback from centre users using surveys
  • Support everyone to adhere to health and safety guidelines, especially those in line with COVID
  • Undertake Ride Leader training (optional) and support the led rides
  • Be punctual on your volunteering days
  • Volunteering adhering to Poplar HARCA’s policies and procedures


Hours and Location: Chrisp Street Market

Fridays and Saturdays in September and then just Fridays during October and up to 19th November.

Ideally volunteers will support on a regular day for around 4 hours per week.


  • A stimulating and friendly environment within which to volunteer
  • A full induction, followed by ongoing support
  • Support into employment with our Employment & Training team who provide access to a wide range of training courses
  • A named PH Contact who will give you regular feedback, allowing you to track your progress and work towards meeting your particular goals
  • Priority for any further training we have on offer
  • ‘Out of pocket’ travel expenses and lunch for those volunteering all day
  • An honest character reference regardless of how long you are with us
  • Opportunities to attend meetings and invitations to volunteer social events

All volunteers will be required to complete an application form, attend an informal interview and be able to supply details of two referees from whom we will seek character references.

Application form

Volunteer Application
If you are under the age of 18 we require permission from your parent or guardian prior to you volunteering

More about you

Which days are you available to volunteer? *
Would you like to be added to our Volunteering Service WhatsApp group and receive updates on upcoming events?
Are you a Poplar HARCA Resident?
Have you lived in the UK for more than 10 years? *
Can we add you to our mailing list for other one-off volunteering opportunities? *
Would you like to recieve our monthly newsletter? Keep up to date with free training, job opportunities, Poplar HARCA updates and much more? *
If you are currently unemployed, would you like to recieve support from our Employment & Training team? *

Who should we contact in an emergency?


Please provide contact details of two referees who are both willing to provide a character reference. This will involve answering questions on a range of topics from your strengths to areas for development and your time management. Unfortunately we cannot accept references from family or friends. If possible, at least one referee should know you from work, education or volunteering. There are lots of people suitable to provide references, if you are struggling to think of anyone suitable please get in touch and we can discuss your options.
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