Gaudium provides care for the elderly in Penrith, UK, and offers home care support and a day care centre. We would like to start a brand new local chapter of the global initiative 'Cycling Without Age', here in Cumbria. 'Cycling without Age was founded in Copenhagen in 2012, to bring generations closer together by sharing experiences by bicycle (a very special Trishaw, a three-wheel cycle that has a passenger cab out front). These are comfortable, fun, fully insured and rides are always FREE. Volunteer cycle-pilots visit local care homes taking residents out on rides to feel the wind in their hair!
It's far more than an outing, it builds relationships between care home residents and volunteer cycle pilots. It enables people to experience the city and nature close-up from the bicycle. It gives opportunity to regain social connection and for people to tell their story in the environment where they have lived their lives. Our work builds bridges between generations and reinforces trust, respect and the social glue of our society. Our cycle pilots and passengers alike enjoy the physical and emotional wellbeing benefits.
What we are trying to do
The aim of this Crowdfunder is to allow us to bring this project to transform the lives of the elderly residents venturing out on rides, and the volunteer pilots who are giving up their time to be a part of the project.
Why is this important?
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.
Why we need your donation
There are lots of elderly residents who'd dearly like the opportunity to get out. Each Trishaw costs £6000 to buy and import. Please donate to bring the joy of riding to more care home residents across Penrith, Cumbria. We know that with your help we can help transform the lives of elderly Cumbrian residents.
How can we make this happen?
This project is entirely (literally and subjectively) driven by the volunteers who donate their time to Cycling Without Age. In order for them to be able to do this, we need to have aTrishaw which is the absolute fundamental principle behind the project.
We cycle slowly, we share our stories and we build relationships across generations. Bringing all this together helps to make society as a whole better and more resilient.
Donate to make a difference
Please consider contributing to our project, you will really have a profound impact on the lives of others.