Community Bike Workshop Facilitator

Project description:

The Wee Spoke Hub is a friendly, relaxed and not-for-profit cycling initiative aiming to overcome barriers to cycling. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 5-8pm our amazing volunteers offer people the opportunity to learn how to fix their bikes in a relaxed and non-patronising way in our community bike workshop space at the Shrub Swap and Reuse Hub in central Edinburgh.

 

Outline of role:

In this role, volunteers are asked to facilitate the running of our friendly, open and fun community bike maintenance workshop. The aim of the workshop is to teach others about bike maintenance in a relaxed and supportive environment. Specifically, volunteers in this role would prepare, open and close the workshop, collect money from workshop users and ensure that volunteers and workshop users receive adequate support.

 

Skills, experience and attitude needed:

  • extensive bike maintenance knowledge
  • very reliable and punctual
  • outgoing personality
  • a patient, sociable and non-judgemental attitude

 

Please note that volunteers will first have to gain the trust (usually through prolonged involvement at the Shrub, the Wee Spoke Hub or Foodsharing Edinburgh) to be accepted for this role.

 

Benefits to the volunteer:

  • gain further experience in bike maintenance
  • gain a reference
  • learn about co-operatives and the circular economy
  • join and meet our amazing and friendly team of volunteers
  • tea, coffee and biscuits

 

When/how many hours:

Tuesday or Thursdays from 4:45 – 8:00pm

 

As a volunteer you will also be part of the Wee Spoke Hub working group which meets regularly to make decisions about all things Wee Spoke Hub. Volunteers are encouraged to attend and participate in these meetings and Shrub open meetings.

 

Support:

Primary point of contact: Low-Carbon Transport Facilitator

Further assistance and support can also be obtained support from other facilitators and the co-operatives Board of Directors.

 

How to apply/what happens next:

Please send an e-mail to theweespokehub@gmail.com with a short description of yourself, why you are interested in this role and your current level of bike maintenance knowledge. All new volunteers will be invited to come along for a short induction in which you will learn more about Bikes for All, the Wee Spoke Hub and the Shrub co-operative.  Initially, you will start out as an assistant. You will be able to volunteer as a facilitator once you have gained the trust of the co-operative and its volunteers.