We're recruiting new folk for the project team!

We’ve got continued funding to deliver our amazing Cycle to Health Project. We’re looking for two people to join our existing team to run sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays with some evening and weekend delivery. We’ve also got a new project! It’s going to be amazing, and we’re looking for a new member of the team to deliver the Girl’s Cycling Project (more imaginative name coming soon…)

Cycle to Health runs supportive group cycling sessions and 1:1s to promote mental wellbeing, social inclusion and increase active travel. 18.5 hrs/week, Mondays, Tuesdays and some evening/ weekends, £22,200 pro rata (2 posts)

Our new Girl’s cycling project will use cycling to improve wellbeing and increase physical activity in young women aged 14-20 who are experiencing poor mental health and who are not currently active. 14hrs/week, £22,200 pro rata (1 post). We are looking for a woman to fill this post.

These two posts could be combined together as a 32.5 hr/week post. See below for full job descriptions.

To apply send your CV and a covering letter explaining how your skills and experience relate to the job(s) and why you’d be good at it to ferga@velocitylove.co.uk

Please indicate which job(s) you’re interersted in applying for.
Closing date 9am on Monday 29th April. Interviews on Friday 3rd May.

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Project Worker (Cycle to Health)

Job Description

Cycle to Health works with adults in Inverness who have experience of mild mental health problems, social isolation, low confidence and physical health problems. The project will introduce groups of people to cycling as a way to increase confidence and promote good mental and physical health.

You will engage with local organisations to identify interested people to take part in the 4 week long introductory course, supporting them from the initial contact through to completion. You will deliver initial 1:1 assessment sessions which lead on to regular group rides delivered with a colleague and tailored 1:1 skills sessions and basic bike maintenance sessions. All groups and sessions are run to increase wellbeing and to promote a sense of achievement and connection and should encourage participants towards increased active travel.

A main partner in the project is WheelNess, which offers long term loan bikes to disadvantaged people. The project will work in partnership with WheelNess to ensure one day of delivery meets the specific needs of WheelNess participants.

You will have a creative and enthusiastic approach to supporting people to increase mental and physical health through cycling. You will have experience of engaging people with mild mental health problems.  You are passionate about the benefits of cycling and want to share this with others. You will ideally have reasonable bike mechanic skills and previous experience of leading group rides.

PVG disclosure will be required for this post.

Duties:

1. Delivery of cycling sessions as part of a 2 person team to people going through a period of poor mental or physical health with the aim of improving wellbeing and increasing active travel (60%)

  • Carrying out initial 1:1 sessions and cycle assessments with vulnerable participants

  • Co-delivery of group sessions to include Social Rides, Road Skills and Learn to Ride sessions set up in response to the demands and needs of participants

  • Delivery of 1:1 Cycle skills sessions and personal route sessions

  • Working in collaboration with WheelNess project workers

  • Delivery of regular ongoing group rides one evening a week and on alternating weekends

2. Planning, evaluating and risk assessment of sessions (15%)

  • Respond flexibly to the needs of participants and ensure that the structure of planned projects meets both their needs and those of other people who could be encouraged to start cycling

  • Ensure projects run to Velocity’s operating standards as set out in our Policies and Procedures

  • Collect and record data as per agreed parametres (in collaboration with WheelNess project workers where appropriate).

  • Collect monthly data to include referral information, participant numbers, sessions delivered, monitoring/ evaluation data, feedback from participants and near misses

  • Adapt project delivery to maximise the impact of the project for participants.

3. Liaising externally with Referral organisations (including WheelNess, GPs, Community Mental Health teams and other referral organisations) and internally with Velocity projects, workshop and cafe to ensure the efficient running of the project (15%)

  • Liaise regularly with the WheelNess team and other referral organisations to ensure a good working knowledge of the scope of the project and good understanding of the needs of the current participants.

  • Share agreed monitoring and evaluation data with key partners- to include take up of the project and  effectiveness of the sessions delivered

  • Take part in regular Velocity Project team meetings and Whole Team meetings and share information within the team to ensure good running and communication

4. Advertising of sessions to potential participants (10%)

  • Sharing information within the Velocity team, on Facebook, online and through other avenues agreed where appropriate with WheelNess project workers.

Skills & Experience:

Essential:

  • Excellent knowledge and experience of how best to support people suffering from mental health issues, low self confidence or social anxiety

  • Good understanding of the effects that low confidence, low achievement levels and poor mental health can have on people

  • Passionate about the benefits cycling can bring to other people and want to widen access to this

  • Previous experience of working positively with groups and facilitating an individual’s experience within a group setting

  • Ability to liaise with external partners to ensure good communication and ongoing referrals for project

  • Good project building skills and previous delivery experience

  • Ability to work positively and effectively in a small team

  • Working to high levels of confidentiality when working with vulnerable adults/groups

Desirable:

  • Previous experience of leading groups on bikes

  • Good working knowledge of bicycles and good skill level of bike maintenance

  • Previous experience of teaching as part of a team

  • Cycle Ride Leader trained

  • Full Clean Driving licence

Remuneration & Other Details

Hours: 2 posts of 18.5 hours per week
Contract: Fixed term to end of March 2020
Annual pay: £11,733 (£22,200 pro rata)
Annual Leave: 28 days pro rata
Cafe and Workshop staff discounts

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Project Worker: Girl’s Project

Job Description

Working in conjunction with the Bridge Education Centre to pilot a new project using cycling as a way to increase physical exercise and improve wellbeing in young women aged 14-20 who have issues around emotional wellbeing and low self image, who are experiencing poor physical and mental health and who are not currently active.

Duties:

1. Organisation and delivery of cycling sessions as part of a 2 person team (65%)

  • Liaise with staff at the Bridge Education Centre, guidance departments in High Schools and CAMHS to ensure a good understanding of the project across potential partners and to work with them to gather appropriate groups of participants

  • Undertake initial 1:1 meetings with participants structured in a way to maximise participant’s likelihood of engaging with the project

  • Delivery of group sessions with a high staff to participant ratio, using cycling to promote increased activity in a way which focuses on what is important to participants, promoting improved mental and physical health, increasing wellbeing, interaction with nature and social connections

  • Monitor the effects of engagement in the project on participants through regular reviews/ feedback from participants and tailor course content to maximise engagement

  • Sessions to include one evening or weekend rides per month

2. Liaising with the Velocity and the Bridge staff teams to ensure the efficient running of the project (15%)

  • Liaise regularly with the Velocity team and the Bridge team to ensure a good shared knowledge of the running of the project and the needs of the current participants

  • Feedback on the take up and effectiveness of the sessions delivered and on the agreed monitoring and evaluation data

  • Provide monthly updates on progress to the Project Coordinator and Bridge staff. This to include links with partner organisations, participant numbers and take up, retention rates and impact of the project on participants’ wellbeing

  • Liaise with Velocity and the Bridge team to coordinate use of van, bike fleet and resources

  • Take joint responsibility for the care of equipment and resources

3. Planning, evaluating and risk assessment of sessions (15%)

  • Respond flexibly to the needs of Get Out participants and ensure that the structure of planned projects meets their needs

  • Plan routes and carry out risk assessments in conjunction with Velocity’s policies and procedures

  • Collect and record agreed monitoring and evaluation data on a monthly basis

  • Adapt planned project delivery to maximise the impact of the project for participants

4. Advertising of sessions to potential participants and the community (5%)

  • Sharing information within the Velocity team, on Facebook, online and through other avenues where appropriate and with express permission of participants where content relates to individual participants

Skills & Experience:

Essential:

  • Excellent understanding of the effects that low confidence, low achievement levels and poor mental health can have on people

  • In depth knowledge and experience of how best to support people suffering from mental health issues, low self confidence or social anxiety

  • Previous experience of working with vulnerable young people

  • Previous experience of working positively with groups and facilitating an individual’s experience within a group setting

  • Passionate about the benefits cycling can bring to other people and want to widen access to this

  • Ability to liaise with external partners to ensure ongoing referrals for project

  • Good project building and previous delivery experience

  • Ability to work positively and effectively with colleagues and communicate as part of a team

  • Ability to work in a solution focussed and positive way

  • Previous experience of working to high levels of confidentiality

  • Driving License

Desirable:

  • Previous experience of leading groups on bikes

  • Good working knowledge of bicycles and good skill level of bike maintenance

  • Ability to teach as part of a team

  • Cycle Ride Leader trained

  • Driver’s Licence which lets you tow a trailer (or willingness to work towards this)

Remuneration & Other Details

Hours: 13 hrs/week (2@ 6.5 hr days) plus one weekend or evening ride per month (4 hrs/ month)
Contract: Fixed term to end of March 2020
Annual pay: £8,880 (£22,200 pro rata)
Annual Leave: 28 days pro rata
Cafe and Workshop staff discounts

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Any questions please get in touch with Ferga.

Thanks!