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Community Cycling Volunteer

Poplar HARCA has partnered up with active travel organisation Sustrans and environmental organisation HUBBUB to bring residents Chrisp Street Community Cycles, a cycling hub aimed at empowering women, specifically Muslim women to cycle more. We offer free learn to ride sessions, free hire, routes, led rides, maintenance, classes and more. This is a new programme developed after a successful Pilot that was run last year.


This opportunity is suitable for anyone who is passionate about cycling and can help to encourage and support others as they take up cycling. You don’t need to be an expert cyclist but you must be passionate about helping others take to two wheels! You don’t have your own bike either you can borrow one of ours while you are volunteering.

As our core aim is to increase the number of women cycling, most of our sessions are for women only and we have female instructors; as such we are looking for female volunteers too. If you are a man and would like to get involved please do apply, we may have activities for you to take part in as the project develops.

Useful Contacts

Terri Calbraith
Strategic Partnerships Lead

Sadia Yasmin
Volunteering Officer
0777 941 6360

Hours: The hub is open all day Monday and Wednesday and Tuesday mornings. You can volunteer from as little as 3 hours.

Location: Chrisp Street Community Cycles, 6 – 8 Vesey Path, Chrisp Street Market, E14 6BT.

Commitment: Ideally ride leaders will support on one regular day per week for 3 months.



  • Be a passionate advocate for cycling, encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to take part in cycling
  • Support us to spread information about the free activities on offer
  • Be warm, welcoming and chatty to help encourage residents to take part, engaging passers-by in the project
  • Support in the delivery of sessions, helping users to complete forms, arrange bikes, fit helmets, helping participants to walk bikes to the park for learn to ride sessions.
  • Undertake training available
  • Help gather feedback from centre users using surveys
  • Support everyone to adhere to health and safety guidelines
  • Be punctual and reliable if you volunteer and to let us know if you can’t make it
  • Volunteer adhering to Poplar HARCA’s policies and procedures
  • 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

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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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