1st Step Bikes Team Coordinator

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Category: Other
Type: Part Time
Salary:£26000 pro-rata (0.6 post)

1st Step Development Ventures SCIO

1st Step Development Ventures has been operating for 5 years and started as a constituted community group wanting a safe space for people in recovery from addictions to meet. The group had directly experienced a huge gap in opportunities for people in recovery to socialise, learn and volunteer in a safe and trusted space with peers as positive role models.

In October 2018 we became a charity (SCIO). Our main charitable purpose is to provide safe, supportive environments for people affected by illegal substance addictions. Importantly, to create opportunities for people in early recovery to gain confidence, build diverse supportive relationships, develop skills, learn and build better relationships with the wider community.

We work with diverse partners including the NHS, West Lothian and Falkirk Councils, West Lothian Food Bank, social work teams, criminal justice teams; Change Grow Live (CGL) and the Cyrenians.

Prior to Covid-19 we offered:

·      Weekly recovery meeting at the Longcroft Hall in Linlithgow

·      Weekly community café at the Longcroft Hall in Linlithgow

·      A Community garden

·      1st Step Bike training and refurbishment social enterprise

·      Mustard Seed outside catering social enterprise

The 1st Step café is the heart of 1st Step providing a safe and supported space for many people at the start of their recovery. The café is often the “first step” people take to recovery before “growing” into our social enterprise opportunities.

The cafe garden provides food for the café and encourages people to learn to grow and enjoy the benefits of being outside.

Over the last 3 years we have developed 1st Step Bikes offering bike refurbishment training courses (people affected by addiction/poor mental health), bikes repairs, services and monthly bike sales The training courses target people at the right point in their recovery to start to learn new skills, develop routines, make wider social connections (important to preventing relapse) and start to rebuild their lives. Social connections, purpose, tackling boredom and stigma and importantly hope are the key ingredients needed to build recovery capital and recover sustainably.

In 2018 we were awarded “Cycling UK Community Group of the Year”. 

Due to Covid-19 in March 2020 we suspended the Café but responded to new urgent needs and adapted very quickly. We are now providing essential food parcels to over 140 people. This is led by our volunteers and has been really important to maintaining recovery journeys for the volunteers who describe it as “a life line” and, of course the many vulnerable individuals and families they support.

Step Bikes has continued to function as an essential service and has continued to work training volunteers and servicing and repairing bikes initially just for key workers. We are now taking bookings for people who would like their bikes services or repaired and we even have a number of appointments under the UK Cycling scheme which contributes £50 towards work done on your bike.

If you would like to find out more about 1st Step, would like to refer someone to us or have a bike you would like to donate or repaired please email Maria Throp firststepdevelopment@gmail.com

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1st Step Development Ventures

Inspiring Recovery Together

Working towards communities that make addiction recovery real. That means challenging stigma, supporting people to see their own strengths, and creating opportunities for them to rebuild social connections and find purpose and fulfilment in their local communities.                                 

Job Description

Job Title: 1st Step Bikes Team Coordinator

Responsible to: Development Manager.

Salary: £26 0000 (0.6 pro-rata that can be worked flexibly).

Hours of work: 21 hours per week, including occasional weekend working.  

Place of work: Linlithgow Recycling Center.

Contract: Fixed term to 31st October 2021 initially; with possibility of becoming a permanent post thereafter.  

Disclosure: The post-holder will be subject to a Disclosure Scotland chec

Job purpose

Inspiring Recovery One Bike At A Time

The 1st Step Bikes Team Coordinator is an exciting new role for the right person, leading our award winning team of bike mechanics and volunteers to help develop and grow our charity. They will be able to inspire enthusiasm in bikes and cycling, and enable our volunteers to build and strengthen their own recovery journeys. They will also work closely and collaborate with our partner agencies.

The post is initially on a fixed term, but our intention is to work toward making it a permanent post if possible.

1st Step Development Ventures is a community-led charity and social enterprise, working in West Lothian and Falkirk. Our aim is to promote recovery from addiction and improve mental health and develop a sustainable social enterprise that can grow as our team grows into stronger and more resilient people, at the same time as making a positive impact in the community. We run a number of projects that create fulfilling opportunities for people to learn, find purpose and build up strong supportive relationships. We have provided supported bike related activities since 2016 including:

·      Free bike refurbishment courses enabling people to repair and keep a “pre-loved” bike

·      Free Dr Bike events for the public

·      Fix up bikes that are either donated to good causes or sold to help support our work

·      Delivering basic and advanced bike maintenance workshops; and

·      Group rides and new cycling clubs

The new Team Coordinator will support the team and our volunteers, and coordinate these and other bike related activities.

Specific responsibilities

·      Recruit, supervise, support and train volunteers (with the support of our Senior Recovery Mechanic and our Volunteer Transition Coordinator)

·      To coordinate volunteer referrals from a number of partner agencies

·      To deliver supported bike refurbishment training courses targeting people affected by addiction and/or poor mental heath

·      To develop workshop and retail systems, procedures and quality standards, with the aim of gaining Revolve accreditation

·      Supervise and undertake the repair and servicing of bikes

·      Assess and up-cycle donated bikes for sale

·      Maintain a safe and clean working environment

·      Set up and maintain accurate records of stock and sales

·      Run regular Dr Bike events and deliver basic and advanced bike maintenance workshops for a wide range of participants using expert knowledge and standards

·      Develop the plans and resources required to run these events and workshops

·      To monitor and report on progress

Person Specification


·      An understanding of the challenges and processes of recovery from addiction and or mental heath challenges

·      Friendly and welcoming manner

·      Enjoy working with people

·      A positive role model for team members

·      Ability to motivate and encourage others

·      Excellent communication and customer service skills

·      Proficient bike mechanic skills

·      Excellent organisational skills

·      Flexibility and the ability to adapt according to the needs of the project

·      The ability to work well on own initiative and as part of a team

·      Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills including use of Microsoft Excel and Word

·      A passion for cycling

·      A willingness for continued learning and personal development


·      A recognised qualification in bike maintenance

·      Previous experience of working or volunteering with people affected by addiction or poor mental health

·      Previous experience of working or volunteering in a community bike project or bike shop

·      Experience of working with volunteers who face multiple barriers to employment

·      Experience of retail including cash management and ordering

·      An enthusiasm for and understanding of social enterprise

·      Experience of developing and delivering training, events or workshops

·      Experience of marketing and promotion

·      A clean driving licence



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G1 1DT


0141 280 2570

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