Vacancy: Trail Therapy Mountain Bike Leader

Vacancy: Trail Therapy Mountain Bike Leader


CONTRACT TYPE:               1-year fixed term contract

                                                (longer term will be subject to funding arrangements)

SALARY:                               £25k (0.8 FTE = £20k per annum)

REPORTING TO:                  DMBinS MBL Development Officer

CLOSING DATE:                   12 noon Monday 1st March 2021.

BENEFITS:                            5% Pension Contribution, British Cycling Gold Membership


Scottish Cycling and DMBinS are looking to appoint a Trail Therapy Mountain Bike Leader to deliver an exciting partnership project where mountain biking, led by a professional mountain bike leader, will be used to help support and consolidate the therapeutic techniques delivered by mental health professionals within formal and informal healthcare settings to accelerate recovery from a sustained or acute period of mental ill-health.

NatureScot is the main funder of this project which follows on from a successful pilot delivered in the Scottish Borders in 2018.

The Scottish Government’s 2017-27 Mental Health Strategy champions mental health as equally important as physical health and calls for early intervention in tackling the increasing stresses placed on the NHS and its support services when managing mental health issues. Community health initiatives are increasingly seen as the way forward with NHS systems reaching the limits of their health-giving powers. Now more than ever, we need an ever-increasing variety of tools within our mental health toolbox to support not only the individuals affected but the systems that currently try and care for them. This project offers one more tool in our toolkit.

There are many factors that influence mental ill-health and increasingly studies demonstrate that spending time in green space or bringing nature into everyday life can benefit both mental and physical wellbeing ( For many living with mental ill-health however, access to green spaces and physical activity requires professional support to ensure emotional and physical safety. Interventions such as these can be beyond the reach of NHS stretched capabilities and it is here that partnership approaches across private and voluntary sectors working with practitioners within NHS services can enable bespoke and novel interventions to be made. (Public Health Priorities; Scottish Government and COSLA, June 2018).

This project looks to the establishment of two programmes with two distinct client groups under the banner of “Trail Therapy”.

It is a kick-start project that will result in novel preventative and therapeutic approaches, taking full advantage of Scotland’s amazing natural environment. It fully supports NatureScot’s Our Natural Health Service initiative, responding directly to the mental health crisis we are facing and as a project will lay the foundations for a structured, rigorously evaluated, nature-based solution to support our health service going forward.

Working both independently and as part of the dynamic DMBinS team, your experience, qualifications and knowledge across a range of areas will contribute to driving forward DMBinS and Scottish Cycling’s aim to excel in service delivery.


This post is considered Regulated Work with Protected Adults and Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with protected adults and/or children.

Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check, prior to confirmation of employment being made by Scottish Cycling.

Link to Job Description & Person Specification

Link to Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Completed applications should be emailed to by 12 noon Monday 1 March 2021. Virtual interviews will take place on Thursday 11 March 2021.

Should you wish to discuss the role in more detail please contact Graeme McLean, Head of DMBinS, on 07960 271566.

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