Glasgow volunteer pedals forward to nationwide success

Energetic Journey mission celebrated for inclusivity

active Travel volunteer of the year award from Paths for all, image used by scottish PR Agency

A VOLUNTEER has been recognised for his or her work and dedication to an Energetic Journey initiative in Glasgow, giving ladies and non-binary folks a possibility to learn to cycle.

A devoted member of Ladies and Non-binary mission at Bike for Good has been recognised because the winner of Energetic Journey Volunteer of the 12 months on the Paths for All 2023 Volunteer Awards.

Arrange in 2010, the programme goals to enhance the bodily and psychological well being of members by enhancing their confidence in biking, instructing members bike upkeep abilities and making biking gratifying for everybody.

Aileen Webster, Coordinator of the Energetic Journey Division at Bike for Good, mentioned: “Individuals who attend our group usually have by no means had the chance to cycle earlier than, so the group provides them an opportunity to not solely be taught a brand new ability however socialise and be extra lively.

“Devoted volunteers are a necessary a part of the programme and hold it going, even when funding is a matter up to now.

“We’re delighted {that a} volunteer in our group is being recognised for her dedication to volunteering, optimistic angle and selflessness. It actually makes a distinction to the Ladies and non-binary mission, encouraging extra ladies to cycle extra usually and use their bike for brief, native journeys.

“Energetic Journey is turning into more and more import and we hope that teams like ours encourage extra folks to get out biking.”

Bike for Good has three Neighborhood Hubs in Glasgow, and runs 4 weekly workshops in addition to month-to-month drop-ins and led cycle rides aimed toward ladies and non-binary folks.

Bike for Good image of volunteer helping someone bike, Image used by Scottish PR Agency

Founder and CEO of Bike for Good, Gregory Kinsman-Chauvet: “Since our institution in 2012, Bike for Good has at all times positioned a robust emphasis on volunteering and variety. We’re thrilled that one in all our volunteers has been acknowledged for his or her contributions.

“Our volunteers will not be simply helpers, but additionally our buddies, supporters, and ambassadors. We’re really grateful for his or her dedication to the biking group.”

The volunteer was celebrated at Paths for All’s 14th annual awards ceremony on the Scottish Parliament on 27 September.

Hosted by the BBC Scotland’s Fiona Stalker, with awards offered by sponsoring MSP Nicola Sturgeon, the occasion recognised 10 teams and people all through Scotland who’ve gone the additional mile to maintain their communities lively.

Maree Todd, Minister for Social Care, Psychological Wellbeing and Sport “Supporting folks in Scotland to stroll and wheel is a key a part of our imaginative and prescient of a rustic the place extra individuals are extra lively, extra usually.

“An enormous variety of extremely motivated and expert individuals are serving to us ship this imaginative and prescient, particularly the passionate volunteers who accomplish that a lot to assist others overcome challenges to participation and facilitate actions throughout the nation.

“They are surely inspirational, the popularity from Paths for All in these Awards could be very nicely deserved.”

Kevin Lafferty, Chief Government Officer at Paths for All, mentioned: “Yearly I’m blown away on the variety of unbelievable teams and volunteers on the market decided to make a distinction. The work carried out by volunteers is instantly enhancing the nation’s bodily, psychological and social well being, decreasing social isolation and loneliness and serving to folks make extra environmentally pleasant life-style decisions.

“It’s been implausible internet hosting the awards on the Scottish Parliament once more this 12 months, I at all times get pleasure from getting to socialize with our superb volunteers and listen to first-hand concerning the invaluable contributions they’ve been making.

“Thanks to everybody for his or her efforts and ongoing dedication.”

Paths for All works with the Scottish Authorities and 30 companions to assist and ship nationwide insurance policies, such because the Nationwide Strolling Technique and different ‘lively journey’ initiative to enhance the psychological, social and bodily well being of the nation.

The charity awards 1000’s of kilos price of grants to worthwhile tasks that enhance well being, promote strolling and enhance environments for folks to be lively in – making for a happier, more healthy, greener Scotland.

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A full checklist of Volunteer Award winners 2023 might be discovered on Paths for All’s web site: