The first training session for volunteers was last week and everybody did very well getting the hang of the rickshaw’s steering, and using the electric motor.
PC Paul Fox and PCSO Emily Howell came along to say hello and answer any questions (and in Emily’s case have a ride) , which was great.
The rickshaw is easier to ride than most of us expected. Everyone had a go at being a passenger, and it was surprising how fast even 10kph feels. So, as promised, we will be travelling slowly when the rides start in earnest!
However, it’s not so easy getting the rickshaw and two passengers uphill, volunteers found when they attempted the Ramp Challenge – getting to the raised car park at Bury Rugby Club. Most people couldn’t do it. More practice required!
Elaine Channen (in the chair, being cuddled) and Amanda Bloomfield (left) at Gatehouse thought the rickshaw was a great idea from day one – long before we even had funding, let alone the bike. As expected the demo there was a huge success and we’ll be at the Dementia Hub twice a week for the rest of the season.
Libby took the rickshaw to Elderberries for a demo and did a few spins round the Abbey Gardens. Everybody loved it and we’ll be there twice a week 🙂
With the launch just days away, we are putting the rickshaw through its pacing, and finding out where it can and cannot go. We get fit through a surprising number of gaps. Here’s volunteer rider Julie (with Raisin) checking out Kevelaer Way.
We took delivery of this beauty tonight. Look out for us on practice runs over the next few days.
17 people came to our volunteers’ meeting on 26th April, and we know there are several others who couldn’t make it but want to be involved. The Bury Free Press published a story in advance of the meeting (see pic) , as did the East Anglian Daily Times (here), and we have had lots of inquiries already.
At the meeting we had a great discussion about our plans and the way the project will operate. All we need now is the rickshaw! It should be with us by the end of May.
Anyone interested in volunteering with us should give us a call on 01284 339449, or apply online here.
There’s a meeting for anyone interested in volunteering for the project, on Thursday 26th April, 7.30pm, at Southgate Community Centre.
Come and find out more.