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New Groups

Exciting opportunity to set up new Cycle Sisters groups! 

We are planning to expand to four new London boroughs in 2021-2022 and are looking for volunteers to be Group Leads to work with us to set up new Cycle Sisters groups.  

We have developed a model of community cycle groups that are sociable and safe spaces for Muslim women to discover the joys of cycling.  Our groups are run by teams of amazing volunteers who organise regular, led rides where Muslim women can develop cycling skills, explore their local area and make new friends! 

 

What do Group Leads do? 

 

Being a Group Lead for a new Cycle Sisters group is a volunteer role which involves quite a commitment of time but is an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience.  You will be creating opportunities for hundreds of Muslim women in your area to discover cycling as well as building a strong community of local women with life-changing outcomes for you and others! 

 

You will work as a small team of volunteers supported by a dedicated Cycle Sisters team member to set up a new group in your borough.  The initial tasks during the set up phase involve: 

 

  • Identifying other women to train as volunteer Ride Leaders alongside yourself and helping to coordinate the Ride Leader training process 

  • Planning routes for group rides and carrying out risk assessments

  • Building relationships with other local organisations including the Council and other cycling groups to organise things like borrowed bikes for our riders
     

Don’t worry if you’ve never done anything like this before!  We will provide full training and support throughout the process (more info below).  

 

Once the initial set up phase is complete, you’ll take over the running of the group on a local level with our ongoing support.  

 

Who are we looking for to be Group Leads?  

 

To be able to start a new Cycle Sisters group, we need an initial team of 3-4 committed volunteers who meet the following criteria: 

 

  • Can commit to giving volunteer time to work with us to set up a new Cycle Sisters group, train as Ride Leaders and take the group forward after the initial 6-9 month set up phase (we estimate that you’ll need approximately 8-12 hours per month in the set up phase - this will be time spent doing online training, attending Zoom meetings and planning routes.  You’ll also need to be available for regular (preferably weekly) rides which can be weekdays or weekends according to your availability) 

  • Are competent cyclists (you don’t need to be an expert cyclist, just confident cycling independently on the roads and we can support you to develop your cycling skills through free Bikeability training via your local council). A good knowledge of your local area is beneficial for identifying routes.

  • Have a passion for inspiring and enabling Muslim women to cycle and an understanding of the barriers to cycling experienced by Muslim women 

  • Are able to act as role models to inspire other Muslim women and champion the values of Cycle Sisters

  • Have connections with local Muslim communities and networks within the borough  

  • Are committed to creating an accessible and inclusive space which meets the needs of diverse Muslim women from all backgrounds 

  • Are self-starters with leadership skills as well as good communication, organisation and teamwork skills.  

 

What support will Cycle Sisters offer? 

 

Cycle Sisters will support you throughout the process of setting up the new group following which the group will be locally run by you as part of the Cycle Sisters network.  Our support will include: 

 

  • Training on how to set up a new group with our comprehensive online training modules based on our experience of setting up and running cycle groups for Muslim women 

  • Access to Cycle Sisters policies and procedures which ensure we run safe and enjoyable rides

  • Ride Leader training for a small team of 5-6 women (includes British Cycling Ride Leadership Level 1 Award, first aid and basic bike maintenance). This team will then go on to run the led rides for the group

  • Support with liaising with local council and other partners to arrange borrowed bikes for the group 

  • Equipment for the group including Ride Leader equipment and hi-viz vests 

  • Providing regular support via a dedicated member of the team for the 6-9 month set up period and ongoing support and mentoring moving forwards 

  • Group promotion via our social media and website 

  • Insurance for rides to cover you as volunteer Ride Leaders 

  • The opportunity to be part of a London-wide network of Muslim women cyclists and Ride Leaders and to share experiences and learn from others.  


I’m interested!  What’s next? 

 

If you’re interested in setting up a new Cycle Sisters group in your borough and feel you meet the criteria outlined above, please complete this short form and we’ll be in touch with you.   The deadline is Sunday 20th June 2021.   

We are looking to start the first two new groups from September 2021 and the second two groups from April 2022.  

 

Please note that we are only able to proceed with setting up a new Cycle Sisters group where we have sufficient volunteers to be Group Leads and support from the local council.  If you currently don’t know any others in your area who might like to form a team with you, you can still complete the form and we can see who else comes forward.  

We currently have groups in Croydon, Hackney, Hounslow, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.  If you are from one of these current areas and interested in getting involved please contact us. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact sarah@cyclesisters.org.uk.  

 

"I’ve been wanting to set up a cycle group in my area for a long time but just didn't know how to go about it.  I'm so grateful for the wonderful support I've received from Cycle Sisters, introducing me to the right people and helping me every step of the way.  It's been a whole lot of fun so far and the journey is just beginning...I feel blessed to be part of it!" 

Salma, Group Lead for Cycle Sisters Hackney