Three women in Trafford, Greater Manchester have set up a voluntary community group called Cycling Without Age Trafford (CWA Trafford). You may have heard about Cycling Without Age through social media or on the Pride of Britain awards, or watched Fraser Johnston in his BBC Three documentary
Cycling Without Age is a joy spreading movement that changes the everyday life of residents at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It was started in Denmark in 2012 and is spreading to towns and cities around the world. To bring CWA to Trafford will show the people here that cycling has no age and that everybody has the right to get wind in their hair.
Kate Elliott, Karen Henson and Jennifer Blears from CWA Trafford want to decrease loneliness for the elderly and other isolated members of our community by taking them out on these bike rides. The scheme will bring generations closer together using very special Trishaws (three-wheel cycles with a passenger cab out front). Our principles are generosity, slow cycling, storytelling, relationships and community. Our rides will be comfortable, fun, fully insured and free. They will enable people to experience the city and nature close-up from the bicycle.
The story so far ...
We started Crowdfunding in January and raised approximately half of the cost of the Trishaw by March. Haylea Rudge also pitched on our behalf at the Manchester Soup event in January and we won the vote and the funds! Here’s a link to Haylea’s pitch.
In February, we hosted Ole Kassow – the founder of Cycling Without Age, in Trafford and paid a visit to Ashlands Manor Care Centre in Ashton on Mersey where Ole took a resident out for a spin in to the village. This helped show the care facility the benefits of the scheme and they are keen to be involved going forward.
In April, we were awarded a small grant from Trafford Housing Trust’s Social Investment Fund. This meant that we could order the Trishaw so we can use it to raise the remaining funds! We’re expecting to take delivery of it in time to take people out on bike rides over the summer.
In May, co-founders Kate and Karen gave a presentation at Trafford General Hospital to medical staff that are keen to use the service for patients ‘stranded’ on wards unable to leave due to the lack of available care options. The medical staff were very enthusiastic about the scheme and we had some willing volunteer pilots come forward!
We still have funds to raise to insure the Trishaw and run the scheme and are seeking funding opportunities and sponsors. If you are involved with a company who is interested in community, social care and working with the elderly, or if you’re a local business looking to support your local community and are interested in helping us build the Chapter, please get in touch. We’re also looking for volunteer cycle pilots to help with the scheme when we have the Trishaw.
Donations can also be made through Paypal which can be accessed through the ‘Donate’ button on our Facebook page.
Finally, if you have a relative in a care facility in Trafford or nearby and you think that they would benefit from the scheme, please get in touch with us and we can discuss bringing the Trishaw to the care home.
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