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Bicycle Maintenance (Next Steps) Volunteer

Love to ride your bicycle?  Can you also repair and maintain it?

This is an amazing opportunity to pass on your love of two wheels!

The Matthew Project is a welcoming and vibrant place for building community, providing support, and helping to develop the confidence and skills for those in recovery from substance misuse.

We are looking for volunteers to support the Next Steps Recovery Team to enable service users to learn new skills in bicycle maintenance for either self-development, or enjoyment. The Recovery Hub (at 70-80 Oak Street, Norwich NR3 3AQ) includes a workshop that is equipped with tools, etc. which is currently open Monday to Friday.  However, soon, the plan is to open at weekends too.

We recognise that developing new skills helps to increase someone’s confidence, makes a positive contribution to their ongoing recovery, and can increase their employability.   Therefore, we are looking for volunteers who can encourage people to join in and make them feel comfortable by providing a supportive learning environment.

Tasks may include:

  • assisting in the development of a training plan for the Next Steps Recovery Hub Programme;

  • delivering bicycle maintenance training sessions to small groups (or one-to-one, if additional support is needed);

  • providing guidance in setting up equipment for training sessions;

  • ensuring that health and safety requirements are maintained;

  • signposting service users to further training or employment opportunities;

  • introducing them to cycling groups or possibly creating a ride-for-wellbeing group yourself; and

  • supporting our programme of bicycle upcycling for income generation by motivating service users to get involved.

Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

Personal qualities are very important to volunteering roles. You will need to be reliable, friendly, enthusiastic, and have a positive attitude to life. We also value good listening and great communication skills. These all need to be coupled with a commitment to substance misuse recovery principles.

The application process will include an interview, referencing and, if appropriate to the volunteering role, checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please complete the Volunteer Application Form by clicking on the link: https://forms.office.com/e/tStq5NnUdc

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