Cycling in Sutton and Merton

Inclusive Cycling Sessions – Trackside Supporter

Andrew

All we ask that is you are enthusiastic, reliable, able to push/ride cycles and able to arrive at 9.15am as sessions need to start promptly. All abilities are welcome to help with this task.

For more details and to apply for the role, click here

Befriender/Peer Supporter at Inclusive Cycling Sessions

We run inclusive cycling sessions at Sutton Arena. People come to cycle round the track to get a bit of outdoor exercise, get out of the house and meet other people.

We are looking for people to help make a welcoming environment at our cycling sessions. You will support our cycle instructors by giving a friendly welcome when people arrive, introducing them to the cycle instructors as necessary, spending time chatting to people, cycling around the track with people either on a bike or on our side-by-side cycles. Generally ensuring that people are happy, having a good time and getting what they want out of the sessions. You will be able to ask the cycle instructors to help people who need bikes adjusting or need help getting on to a bike.

For more details and to apply for the role, click here

Admin Assistant for Disability Activities

claire on desk

We are looking for a volunteer to join our friendly team to help to run the outdoor registration desk at our inclusive cycle sessions. This involves welcoming people and their carers as they arrive, taking the session fee, giving change and receipts, ticking the attendance sheet, giving registration forms to new users, adding up the session’s takings and filling in a tiny bit bit of paper work. If you like meeting and talking to different people and working outdoors please get in touch.

You would normally be helping with one of our existing volunteers, but once you are happy with the role be able to work without them, though there are always our staff there. Mondays would be the ideal day.

For more details and to apply for the role, click here

May Half Term Family Cycling Sessions

family-cycling

Cycle Sessions for families with all abilities

12pm-1pm Wednesday 30th May

 at the David Weir Leisure Centre

* We provide bikes and cycle helmets*

* Lots of fun *

* Disability access cycles*

* Develop cycling skills *

* Safe off-road environment *

No booking needed.

£4 per session per person.

Suitable for age 7 years+ (must be accompanied by an adult)

Ross – Participant

Ross

I feel comfortable here at the EcoLocal Cycling sessions. It’s nice to meet new people and everyone is friendly. I like cycling the two-wheel bikes around the track and I enjoy exercising outside. It gets my heart rate up! I also like helping to bring the bikes out and put them away. This is one of my regular activities as well as volunteering at a local day centre.

Carolyn – Participant

Carolyn

I enjoy coming to EcoLocal Cycling sessions with my friend Linda as well as going to fitness classes and doing indoor horse riding. I used to ride my own bicycle but gave it up when it became too stressful dealing with traffic. I love cycling here because it’s relaxing, I’m out in the fresh air and I feel safe. I can get anxious so it’s nice to be surrounded by friendly people who can help me if I need it. They really put themselves out to make sure I am comfortable on the different cycles. Coming here gives me something else to think about and really helps my mental wellbeing.

Andrew – Trackside Supporter

Andrew

I am a trackside supporter for EcoLocal Cycling and come here with my dad Mike. I help take the cycles out and put them at the start and end of sessions, and I help people to get comfortable on the cycles. I have learnt about the many different types of cycles there are. I love to cycle around the track as well as helping out trackside.

John – Volunteer

John

I am retired and wanted to do something useful that involved cycling. I wanted to get involved with EcoLocal Cycling because the emphasis is on people and everyone is very nice to spend time with. It’s great to see people having fun and being free. Everyone can do their own thing but it’s also a well-organized, safe environment. Volunteering here has taught me how people cope with difficulties. They might have a health problem or a learning disability but they can still do so much. It’s great to see everyone looking so happy – sometimes people might not look very cheerful when they arrive but they always leave with smiles on their faces!

Angela – Cycle Instructor

Angela Williams

I have been a cycle instructor with EcoLocal Cycling since 2010. I started because I love cycling and helping people so it combines the two. I like the friendly atmosphere and seeing people gaining independence. Almost everyone can ride some sort of cycle, whatever their ability. Everybody is unique and someone who may have a learning difficulty may be physically very able and vice versa. One of my favourite experiences is hearing one of our regular cyclists Maureen bursting into song as she goes around the track because she’s enjoying herself so much. I also enjoy the hot cups of tea when we’re here in the winter!

Max – Cycle Instructor

Max Underwood 2

I have been a cycle instructor with EcoLocal Cycling since 2011. I love the community feel at our cycle sessions, and offering people the opportunity to socialise and get some exercise. I also enjoy doing outreach events. For example, we were invited by one of our participants to bring our cycles to an event for people with multiple sclerosis. She uses one of our handcycles and has written about her experience for a newsletter. It’s great to give more people the opportunity to try our range of cycles.