Pay it Forward to Wheely Tots

by Wheely Tots in London, England, United Kingdom

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The COVID-19 pandemic has meant cancelling our usual activities and using our skills in different ways to support our community.

by Wheely Tots in London, England, United Kingdom

Spring 2020 marks five years of Wheely Tots supporting families and young people in Haringey and North Hackney to be healthy, confident and more resilient. 

On 23rd March, we cancelled all of our weekly parent & toddler balance bike sessions until further notice and our Easter sessions in Lordship Rec. We also cancelled our Saturday and Easter sessions for Your Bike Project.

We recognise the huge benefits of physical activity and being outdoors on our overall health, particularly at the moment. We’ve been adapting our offer so that we can continue to support families to access cycling safely. 

As a grassroots charity with five years’ worth of strong connections across our local community, we’re committed to helping those most in need during this extremely difficult period. 

We’re following UK government advice and NHS guidance around COVID-19. The safety and wellbeing of our wider community, session leaders and admin team are our biggest priority.  

During the lockdown period, here’s what we’re offering:

Online consultations

Twenty-minute online consultation with one of our expert bike mechanics or cycle instructors. We can help on anything from sourcing parts and tools, diagnosing mechanical issues, route planning, choosing the right bike, and any other cycle-related quandary. Free to NHS / key workers. 

Kit Library home deliveries

We’re doing home deliveries of balance bikes from our Kit Library. 

Doorstep bike services

Our trained mechanics will come to your home and service your bike on your doorstep.

Using our cargo bikes 

We are using our cargo bikes to support deliveries of food and other necessities to local residents

What safety measures are we putting in place?

When visiting homes to deliver a bike or undertake any bike maintenance, we will:

  • stay outside and remain 3 metres away from you and any members of your household
  • always wear gloves
  • disinfect the handlebars of all borrowed bikes 

In week 1 of the lockdown, we delivered 5 balance bikes to people’s homes, coordinated 2 large food deliveries from the Felix Project to residents in Broadwater Farm Estate, completed 4 doorstep bike repairs and provided remote guidance and advice to 11 families.  

“We received a very personalised service from Wheely Tots. We found a great balance bike fit for our daughter and she’s been spending hours on her new bike. It’s really nice to see her developing a new lifelong skill and to spend some constructive time as a family. Thank you.” 

The funds we secure here will help us to continue to offer our services and pay our freelance team of cycle instructors and bike mechanics. 

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