Community Outreach Update: June 2021

Upcoming Activity

Health & Wellbeing:

  • Women & non-binary Thursday lessons and rides are going well with plenty of spaces still available. Come along at 10am for the lesson, and/or 11:30am for the gentle ride, running from both our West and South locations simultaneously. Book women & non-binary lessons and rides online, or come early to secure a drop-in spot.
  • The team have restarted in person Bikes for All Nextbike sign ups, running every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at the West hub and 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at the South hub, 2-5pm. These are reduced price annual memberships (£3) for anyone in the asylum system or on a low income. Come along or refer your pals and clients.
  • The team are continuing to deliver community partner courses with Queens Cross Housing Association, Homestart, Phoenix Futures Residential Addiction Recovery Hub, Glasgow City Mission, NG Homes and NHS Esteem South. If you are a community organisation interested in providing group courses and taster sessions to your service users, please get in touch with the Health and Wellbeing Team Coordinator, Pippa to discuss options.
  • Health & Wellbeing will have two new members joining the team, Zain and Robin! Zain previously worked with the team through the Community Jobs Scotland scheme and has already started delivering weekly guided cycle rides. Robin previously worked as the Cycle Friendly Employer Coordinator at Bike for Good and is now joining Health & Wellbeing to deliver the Social Prescribing project, a new venture in partnership with NHS Community Links Practitioners. The project connects people with physical and mental health problems with access to cycling. See our job vacancy if you would like to join us as the new Cycle Friendly Employer Coordinator.

Active Travel:

  • The next ‘Cycle, Climate, Coffee & Chat’ session will be taking place on the Thursday 10th June 11am. If you’d like to join the casual meet up to talk about climate change and cycling, sign up for the Cycle, Climate, Coffee & Chat session.
  • The next film club night will be on Thursday 24th June, where the team will be screening ‘The Plastic Problem’, which explores the scourge of plastic remnants in our oceans and lakes, their points of origin, and their ultimate impact to the health of both sea life and humans. Read more and sign up for the film club night screening.
  • Active travel are recruiting a new Active Travel Coordinator! The post holder will lead a new and exciting pilot project based at Civic Street; a strategic active travel intersection that links the city centre and north Glasgow and connects residential communities in Woodside and Cowcaddens. Working in partnership with Agile City, the post holder will establish a community based cycling hub based on our vision, mission and values. Working closely with surrounding communities, the Civic Street Cycling Hub will offer a programme of regular activities, services and events to encourage more people in the area to cycle as a mode of transport. Read more about the job vacancy.

Skills & Development:

  • This month’s Spokes not Blokes Fix Your Own Bike in person session at the South hub is taking place Tuesday 1st 5-8:30pm. Book Spokes not Blokes FYOB.
  • The next maintenance class open for everyone takes place Tuesday 8th 6pm. Book a basic maintenance class.
  • Fix Your Own Bike sessions are running at the South hub every other Thursday, and at the West hub every other Saturday. Book Fix Your Own Bike at the South hub, book Fix Your Own Bike at the West hub.
  • Volunteers’ Week is taking place 1st-7th June! Once restrictions ease, Skills & Development will be hosting a social event to celebrate but in the meantime we’re spotlighting the magnificent volunteer team on our social media platforms.
  • The first Build Your Own Bike co-hort start this month, including 6 participants who will learn how to strip and rebuild a bike and will keep the bike at the end of the project.
  • The team have started working with the Adventure Syndicate to launch a new exciting bikepacking training programme for women & non-binary people this summer, watch this space!
A person stands cleaning a bike outdoors, behind them is a large building.

Spokes not Blokes Fix Your Own Bike outdoor session in May.

Previous activity

Health & Wellbeing:

  • Pedal Pals continues to grow, with currently over 130 members signed up! Read more about Pedal Pals
  • In May the Health & Wellbeing practitioners both took some long overdue annual leave after the gruelling winter months. The team are heading into June feeling more refreshed and more supported by the new team members.

Active Travel:

  • The team have made a slight change to the format of our cycle lessons. Moving forward, all 1-1 sessions offered will only be for adults. Instead, the team will be offering group cycle lessons for kids on Saturday mornings. Read more about cycle lessons.

Skills & Development:

  • The first Spokes not Blokes in person session in May had 10 participants!
  • 24 volunteers contributed an amazing 377 hours during May.
  • 4 volunteers are currently in the process of becoming sessional staff workers, which is great to see.
  • 12 young people learnt how to repair BMXs which they have got to keep.
A young boy stands holding a bike smiling towards the camera.

A happy Govanhill Gears participant with their newly repaired BMX.


A group of young people stand together smiling towards the camera and holding bicycles.

Govanhill Gears participants after fixing their new BMXs.

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