We're looking for a project worker (...or workers) to join the team

Velocity Project Worker
Learn to Ride, Men’s Cycle to Health and Bike Academy posts
1 FTE or 3 part time jobs


Job Description

Learn to Ride: Mondays, 9am-5pm
Men’s Cycle to Health*: Tuesdays, 9am-8.30pm
Bike Academy: Wednesday 8.30am-1pm, Thursday & Friday, 9am-5pm
(total hours for Project Worker post: 35.5 hours/week)

Annual Leave- 5.6 weeks per year pro rata
Salary- £18,300 pro rata
Term- to end of March 18 (strong likelihood of continued funding)

* We are looking for a man for this post (Schedule 9 (Part 1) of the Equality Act 2010)
We would be interested in applications for a "Velocity Project Worker" delivering all 3 of these posts as well as project specific applications. 

Closing date for applications- noon on Tuesday 21st November- see below for how to apply


Learn to Ride Project Worker

You will plan and deliver a series of session to take people from complete beginners to confident road cyclists. We currently deliver a combination of 1:1 and group road skill sessions, along with our ‘Learn to Ride’ for complete beginners and a car free group ride for those becoming more confident about their bike handling ability.

·         You will be able to work sensitively and supportively with people
·         You will have experience of facilitating learning in a positive and supportive environment.
·         You will ideally have experience of delivering cycle training to groups, on or off road
·         You will have Bikeability or Cycle Trainer training or a willingness to work towards this


Men’s Cycle to Health Project Worker

You will plan and deliver a robust project for men to promote positive mental and physical well-being using bicycle riding in a friendly, supportive and encouraging group, resulting in increased social interaction, positive health outcomes and an increase in cycling. The project is aimed at men going through a period of poor mental health, social isolation, low mood or physical health issues. We run daytime cycling sessions for small groups of men from existing community based organisations along with our own Velocity based “Friendly Social Cycling” evening ride for all men wishing to take part.

·         You will be experienced in group facilitation
·         You will have experience of working with vulnerable people with mental health issues and understand the impact this can have on people.
·         You will have excellent knowledge and experience of how best to support people suffering from mental health issues
·         You will be excellent at generating a sense of community within a group and will be good at encouraging and enabling participation
-        You will be excellent at liaising with referrers to ensure good uptake of the project
·         You will hold the Cycle Trainer Award or have a willingness to work towards this

Bike Academy Project Worker

Bike Academy works with secondary school children identified by their school as benefitting from employability skills and practical mechanics in a small group setting as part of an SQA award. With your support and assistance, they will strip a bike and rebuild it over 6 weekly sessions and develop increased self-confidence, problem solving and communication skills.

You will liaise with schools to ensure appropriate referrals and good communication. As part of a close team you will  deliver three group sessions a week along with some additional 1:1 work for individual young people. You will tailor sessions to meet the needs of the group. You will liaise with local organisations to source bikes for the project.

·         You will have experience of positively engaging groups of young people who don’t fit in well to mainstream education
·         You will have the ability to creatively adapt to varied learning needs
-         You will have the ability to teach as part of a team
·         You will be a competent bike mechanic


Tasks generic to all posts:

  • Work as part of a reflective and constructive team, reviewing the project and implementing changes to maximise the effectiveness of the project both in participation rates and impact
  • Keep clear and accurate records of participation in activities, and ensure they are well evaluated to identify behaviour change
  • Stock management and maintenance of bikes, riding kit, tool kit, garage space etc
  • Design and distribute promotional materials and course handouts for participants
  • Engage with stakeholders and partners to ensure joined-up approach to delivery
  • Write monthly reports of activity for board of directors and funders


Personal Skills & Attributes generic to all posts:


·         Passionate about the benefits of cycling and want to share this with others
·         Good understanding of the effects that low confidence, low achievement levels and poor mental health can have on people
·         Excellent knowledge and experience of how best to support people suffering from mental health issues, low self confidence or social anxiety
·         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 ongoing referrals for project
·         Good project building and delivery experience
·         Ability to work positively and effectively in a small team
·         Working to high levels of confidentiality and working with vulnerable adults/groups


·         Excellent working knowledge of bicycles and high skill level of bike maintenance
·         Driving license

These jobs are subject to PVG enhanced disclosure checks.

How to apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the requirements of the job(s) and why you feel you would be an asset to the team to Ferga Perry, Projects Coordinator, 1 Crown Ave, Invernesss IV2 3NF, or ferga@velocitylove.co.uk by 12 noon on Tuesday 21st November. Please specify which job or jobs you would like to be considered for.

Interviews will take place on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th November.