Bike Buddies 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!
How does it work?
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!
Am I eligible to apply?
You are welcome to apply to become a buddy if you tick each of these criteria:
- You're 18 or over
- You've got your own bike (or can borrow one)
- You're a competent on-road cyclist
- You’re willing to complete a DBS check as part of the recruitment process
- You've got good knowledge of your local area
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. If you've got any other questions, check our FAQs at the bottom of this page, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org