We are always after new volunteers at Pedallers’ Arms. Volunteering means greeting people and explaining how Pedallers’ Arms works, pointing them to the right tools and offering help if you (and they) feel comfortable. We want to empower groups of people who might not normally be empowered to repair their bike.
Experience is helpful, but not essential, because anyone can participate in our learn-as-you-go approach. One of our on-duty mechanics will help guide you through the process, and you may also be paired with a more experienced volunteer. The emphasis is on “anyone can fix their bike” we have the tools and we will be learning together. Please note: we are often very busy and cannot commit to teaching you everything you may wish to know about bike mechanics but if you are happy to come and teach yourself or learn by watching others then we’d love to have you. In time we will all learn.
If you’re interested in volunteering then why not have a chat with one of our mechanics next time you come down, women/trans volunteers are particularly welcome. After the session we’ll have a debrief and if everyone is happy then we’ll hold an induction session for you within a month. As a volunteer you are encouraged to come to meetings but we ask you to not block decisions at this stage until / unless you become a mechanic, this is someone who commits to running shifts and keeping the space evolving e.t.c. Any volunteer can become a mechanic, just come along to a meeting so you can meet all the other mechanics and at the next meeting we’ll take a vote. For more see our volunteer induction.