All about Assemble, our volunteer platform

Assemble will help us and all our amazing volunteers to be better connected
Riders talking to each other. Photo by Robbie Spanring, Cycling UK
Riders talking to each other. Photo by Robbie Spanring, Cycling UK

All about Assemble, our volunteer platform

Cycling UK has an ambitious mission of enabling a million more people in this country to cycle. We have invested heavily in our volunteers over the past few years as we cannot do this alone - we need people like you to help. With this in mind, we have launched our volunteer platform, Assemble.

What is Assemble?

Assemble can be used for recruiting, managing and communicating with Cycling UK's volunteers. Assemble will also help our volunteers with everyday jobs such as creating tasks and activities for other volunteers, reading the latest volunteer news and views, logging volunteer hours, and much more. 

Assemble is powerful volunteer management software used by many leading charities such as Parkinson's, Save the Children and Barnado's to recruit, manage and retain volunteers. 

Who is Assemble for?

Assemble is for all Cycling UK's volunteers, whether they volunteer at our National Office in Guildford, performing many essential admin tasks, or run our cycling groups and campaigns in the community.

We also have national volunteers such as photographers, people running our forum, and those helping out at events. In total, we have about 9,000 registered volunteers, as well as many more who take on 'micro volunteering' tasks such as supporting our campaigns by writing letters to politicians, recording lost rights of way and so on. 

What can Assemble do?

Assemble can be used for many tasks and activities such as:

  • creating and applying for volunteer opportunities
  • logging volunteer activities and hours 
  • communicating with and co-ordinating other volunteers
  • sharing documents and files
  • tracking projects

and much more

When was Assemble launched?

Assemble was officially launched at the end of January 2020. Our volunteers can now:

  • let others know all about their skills, interests and motivations through updating their profiles
  • connect with other volunteers in their group using My Team
  • network with other volunteers in the same role through the Directory
  • find all the resources and support they need in our Document Hub
  • get inspired reading exclusive articles in the News section tailored to their roles
  • if they run a cycling group or club, create tasks and rotas for other volunteers
  • reward and recognise volunteers for their amazing contributions

How to find out more

 

Glossary of terms used in Assemble                                                          

Activity – anything you do connected with your volunteering, for example time spent organising an event, setting up a ride leader rota, and so on

Assignee – the person a task is given to

Dashboard – your home page on Assemble where you can see all the activities you and your team have been doing, plus see messages and notifications

Directory – this is similar to an address book, where you can search for staff members and other volunteers in the organisation​ that perform the same role as you or have particular skills and interests

Document Hub – a one-stop shop where you can find all the resources you need  to perform your role

Micro volunteering – a short volunteering task

Onboarding – registering a volunteer on Assemble

Opportunity – a volunteering vacancy either in a specific area eg a Bike Mechanic role in Bognor or available nationally, for example a communications officer role

Reward and recognition – a way of acknowledging and thanking volunteers for everything they do

Role profile – the role that is assigned to you as a volunteer, for example Ride Leader or Volunteer Photographer.  We have a list of recognised roles attached but let us know if you cannot find the role you perform

Signup Code – you may need this code to be able to access Assemble. It will be sent to you by a Cycling UK staff member

Tasks – specific volunteering assignments that you can choose to take on. For example, if you are a Volunteer Photographer, we might set you a task to see if you would be able to take romantic photos of cyclists for Valentine's Day.

Teams – a group or network you are a member of on Assemble. For example, you may belong to a team called Dorchester CTC and also a team of ride leaders. We have a list of teams ranging from Member Groups to Cycling UK staff-led teams to teams of Campaigners, as well as geographical teams and others

Touchpoint – a record of all the communications you have with a volunteer, if you are a member of Cycling UK staff

User profile – your own profile on Assemble containing information about you such as your skills and interests, roles and responsibilities, any training you’ve done and so on

Velocheer – our newsletter for all volunteers, which can be found in the News section of Assemble

Volunteer Coordinator – a volunteer who looks after a team of other volunteers, for example a Member Group Secretary or Community Cycle Club Volunteer Contact

 

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