WHO WE ARE
We are a voluntary community group based in Lambeth, London which is part of the global initiative Cycling Without Age. Founded in Copenhagen in 2012, Cycling Without Age brings generations closer together by sharing experiences by bike and is now in over 50 countries, 2,200 locations with 3,000 trishaws worldwide. The specially designed Trishaws allow local volunteers to visit local care homes and senior citizen groups around the community and offer residents an opportunity to be a passenger on the Trishaw.
I first heard about Cycling Without Age while watching the news about the Falkirk chapter. I thought I could pair my love of volunteering and cycling and started piloting for Cycling Without Age in Southwark. I decided to set up a new chapter in Lambeth during the COVID lockdown while I was supporting isolated elderly people in our area. Very quickly I realized their lack of mobility and time outside was having an impact on their overall mental and physical well being. We are very excited as we are currently raising funds to buy our first Trishaw. This we will be used to take local residents and other isolated people out in their local communities.
OUR TRUSTEE TEAM
Alexander Adams, Louise Cain and Adele Stebbings
Alexander is the pedaling force, Louise is the creative expert and Adele is the number cruncher.
THE BENEFITS TO COMMUNITY
Too often when our senior citizens become confined to their own homes or reside in Care Homes, they lack the freedom to get outdoors and explore the world around them. This project allows them to do just that, engage with passers-by, take in the fresh air and environment, and generally feel like part of society again.
HOW WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN?
This project is entirely driven by volunteers who donate their time to Cycling Without Age. In order for them to be able to do this, we need to have a Trishaw which is the absolute fundamental principle behind the project.
Generosity: Cycling Without Age is based on generosity and kindness. It starts with the obvious generous act of taking one or two elderly or less-abled people out on a bike ride. It’s a simple act that everyone can do.
Slowness: Slowness allows you to sense the environment, be present in the moment and it allows people you meet along the way to be curious and gain knowledge about Cycling Without Age because you make time to stop and talk.
Storytelling: Older adults have so many stories that will be forgotten if we don’t reach out and listen to them. We tell stories, we listen to stories on the bike and we also document the stories when we share them via word of mouth or on social media.
Relationships: Cycling Without Age is about creating a multitude of new relationships: between generations, among older adults, between pilots and passengers, care home employees, and family members. Relationships build trust, happiness, and quality of life.
Without Age: Life unfolds at all ages, young and old, and can be thrilling, fun, sad, beautiful, and meaningful. Cycling Without Age is about letting people age in a positive context – fully aware of the opportunities that lie ahead when interacting in their local community.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Please consider donating to our project. Together we can start improving the lives of local people in Lambeth. You will be helping so many elderly and isolated people get out and about. Together we can build many new relationships within our community.
Alongside raising the funding for our trishaws we also need volunteer pilots, helpers, and businesses who can help spread awareness of our exciting project. Together we can make a difference. If you are unable to help us at the moment but would like to go on our mailing list for news and updates please contact us by email - [email protected]
Our ability to deliver the rewards is reliant on raising £9000 to purchase a Trishaw and get it on the road. We cannot deliver rewards or begin helping elderly people feel the wind in their hair until we have purchased our first Trishaw.