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Support our work for better cycling as a new Camcycle Administrative Officer

Join Camcycle staff and volunteers in our office in the Bike Depot, around the corner from Cambridge North station.
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Camcycle is pleased to announce that we are recruiting a parttime Administrative Officer to support our operations. With the continuing growth of Cambridge and Camcycle, the pressure on our organisation is continuing to stretch our volunteer and staff resources with an increasing administrative workload. Initial responsibilities of the post are listed below.

  • Managing administrative tasks to support our operations including managing email and phone enquiries and keeping the office organised.
  • Supporting the Executive Director and Treasurer with finance and bookkeeping activities, e.g. sending and chasing invoices, recording expenses.
  • Helping staff and volunteers keep on top of key deadlines to ensure timely action.
  • Supporting our Communications and Community Officer with preparing and/or posting social media posts, blogs and website updates.
  • Coordinating volunteer activities like meetings and socials.
  • Providing on-the-day event support for some of our events, particularly during the Festival of Cycling (September).

Our office is near Cambridge North station and our staff are expected to travel to various events and meetings around Cambridge, ideally by cycling or other sustainable transport. They will also need to be able to ride our electric-assisted cargo bike. Salary will be in the region of £22k per annum (pro-rata). We’d like to hire someone to work 22 hours per week including some evening and weekend work. However, it is also a truly flexible role in which we can set hours that work for the applicant and combine these with working from home if needed.

  • Applicants should email us at contact@camcycle.org.uk including a CV and a letter explaining why they think they are suitable for the job. The closing date for applications is 9 December 2019. For more information including a full job description please visit camcycle.org.uk/adminofficer
  • If you’re not right for the role but you know someone who might be, please help us to promote this great opportunity so that we can find the ideal candidate.

Danish cycle planners seek inspiration from Camcycle

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On 30 October, a group of city planners from the city of Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands came to visit and learn about cycling in Cambridge. Tórshavn is a small city but, despite the fact that it is part of Denmark, it has too many people driving cars on its small streets and no cycle infrastructure. Many people think it is dangerous to cycle there so they use their cars even more, a familiar story. On the other hand, the city offers a free municipal bus service to try and encourage more sustainable transport, and they are now looking at steps to enable cycling. We took the group on a tour of Cambridge for a couple of hours and looked at simple interventions such as street cycle parking, cycle contraflow lanes and filtered permeability. We also checked out some of the big-ticket items, such as the Cycle Point, the Riverside Bridge and the new Arbury Road cycle lanes. Although the next stop on their tour was Copenhagen, they told us that they were very interested in Cambridge because it feels much closer in size to their own city.

Double your donation and work for ‘Cycling for All’ as we celebrate 25 years and look to the future

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You can support Camcycle this festive season by donating during our Big Give Christmas Challenge. The Christmas Challenge runs from 12 noon on Tuesday 3 December until 12 noon on Tuesday 10 December 2019.

This year, we are raising funds to support our 2020 ‘Cycling for All’ campaign. To celebrate 25 years of Camcycle, Cycling for All will encompass our vision of a cycling city, inclusive to all types of rider and cycle. It’s a city where everyone benefits, even if they don’t cycle themselves, which is why part of our campaign calls for investment in cycling from local authorities (see page 16). To achieve our goals for this campaign and our wider mission of more, better and safer cycling in our growing city, we’ll need to attract more resources, supporters and diverse volunteers.

We’re aiming to raise at least £12,500 during the challenge. The first £6,250 of donations will be doubled by our generous ‘pledgers’ who have contributed to our match-funding pot this year.

WHAT CAN YOUR DONATION DO?

£25 pays for social media advertising to help us reach new people with our campaigns

£250 enables us to produce and distribute Cycling News leaflets to 5,000 households to help people get involved in local cycling issues

£2,500 funds a staff member for a month to amplify and support the work of our volunteers

To find out more and donate to the Cycling for All campaign, visit camcycle.org.uk/BigGive2019

Join Camcycle at our 2020 AGM – could you be a trustee?

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Join us at our 2020 AGM to inspire your campaigning, share your thoughts, find out how you can get involved, meet new people or simply find out a bit more about who we are and what we do.

After our successful event in 2019, we return to the Clay Farm Centre on Saturday 18 January, 2020, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. The theme for the day is ‘Cycling for All’ to support our campaign focus for our 25th anniversary year (see above and page 16). As well as looking forward, we’ll review the past year and present Camcycle awards to celebrate those who have gone the extra mile for more, better and safer cycling.

We are also now inviting nominations for our Board of Trustees. Up to 11 trustees will be elected at our AGM. As a trustee, you can help us to set the strategic direction of our organisation and ensure we are delivering on our charitable purpose. People of all skills and background are welcome, but this year we’d particularly encourage nominations from women, young people, people from a BAME background, parents and those with a mobility impairment. We’d also especially welcome members with communications, legal or HR experience to join our board. You do not need to have campaigning experience but you must be passionate about our cause.

Find out more and download a trustee nomination form at camcycle.org.uk/agm-2020. Trustee nominations must be submitted by 3 January 2020. If you’re interested in the role and would like to meet some current trustees, please get in touch by emailing contact@camcycle.org.uk

Don’t Miss: Camcycle Winter Social

Tuesday 10 December, 6.30pm

Chill #2 Café function room, first floor of the Ibis hotel, Station Square

Join us this December for our annual winter social; an excellent opportunity to meet other Camcycle members, volunteers and staff, and celebrate another incredible year of campaigning. Everyone is welcome and you can come along at any time during the evening.

Food and drinks can be purchased from the bar on the ground floor. We will be upstairs in the function room which can be accessed by the lift.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite to help us gauge numbers. Find the link at camcycle.org.uk/wintersocial