Bike Buddies is a volunteer program that matches our refugee cyclists with a buddy in their local area to help them build confidence using their bike. If you love cycling and would like to share your knowledge of local short-cuts, safer routes and nice green spaces, then we need you!
As a buddy, you'll be matched with a refugee cyclist and go cycling together! The main aim is to build confidence and knowledge of cycling, reduce isolation, improve well-being and encourage social integration and greater independence.
Depending on what you and your buddy want and need, your rides could:
- Practise cycling skills
- Take a tour of the local area on your favourite quiet routes, secret short cuts and safe cycle paths
- Show them local services, particularly low-cost or free facilities like a library, gallery, post office or leisure centre
- Cycle to your buddy's appointment or help them with a task such as opening a bank account
- Be for the sheer joy of cycling!
We ask for you to commit to cycling with your refugee buddy at least 3 times. However, you're welcome (and encouraged!) to meet up more frequently than this and for as long as like. As a Volunteer Buddy, you're also very welcome to match with more than one refugee buddy at a time. Fun times!
Please note, this is a pilot scheme and we’re starting with a limited intake. We’re very grateful to those who want to volunteer with us. However, we need to ensure we have a spread of volunteers across London, so we won’t be able to invite all those who apply to join us for a volunteer’s induction session, but we will do our best to accommodate your interest and get involved.
This is a flexible activity that can be completed whenever you have enough free time.
This is a remote action that can be done anywhere as long as you have the necessary time, skills, instructions and resources.