Cycling Without Age Rides work with community volunteers to offer an outdoor, sociable, and joyful, experience in a rickshaw bike to the elder community of York. The Rides have been proven to improve elders' wellbeing and quality of life.
More information at www.yorkbikebelles.community/events/cyclingwithoutage
Before lockdown, we were offering 20 Rides a month to elders in care communities around York. These have now stopped. We and our care home partners feel that restarting the Rides will be particularly beneficial for residents' health and return to normality after the trials of the lockdown period. And we have identified a new need for funding for new equipment, and new volunteer recruitment, training and support to safely restart the Rides when care homes open again. We would also like to explore ways to help make the Rides sustainable into the future.
The total cost of the 8 month restart project is £12, 781, but every little will make a real difference - £15 will pay for a volunteer DBS check, £50 for monthly insurance, £100 for a new protective screen for the rickshaw bike, £120 for a month's storage and maintenance, £500 for a day's training for volunteers, and £1000 for a month's volunteer coordination and support costs.
Thank you in advance for any support you are able to give. We will keep all donations until March 2021, and if we are not able to restart Cycling Without Age Rides by then, will return them to donors. We are also applying to various funds for grants to help start this project, so fingers crossed!
We are also looking for funding to cover York Bike Belles' core costs such as insurance, volunteer support and expenses for other activities, fundraising time and annual finance costs. Any donation you are able to give will help us sustain and grow our activities for the benefit of the residents of York.
York Bike Belles is a charitable community organisation, incorporated as a not for profit Community Interest Company, Company Number 12470154. We work towards a vision of York as a healthy, green, and kind, city where everyone thrives, now and in a sustainable future.