Cycling without Age project

Fresh Air and friendship; an innovative new partnership is launched with Signal enabling residents to enjoy cycle rides!

Cycle rides and care homes aren’t two things which you would naturally associate together but thanks to a fantastic partnership with local company Signal, residents in our homes are now able to have all the fun and freedom of cycling.

This initiative is affiliated with ‘Cycling without Age’, a social enterprise which has helped set up similar projects across Europe and it inspired Lindsay Travis, a senior employee at Signal, to start a project in Cheltenham.

Signal purchased the specialised ‘trishaw’ and got together a team of employees who are giving up their work breaks to pedal the ‘trishaw’ from St Faith’s Nursing Home along the traffic-free picturesque Honeybourne Line.

We have been delighted to work alongside Signal as the project has developed.

Suzanne Booker, Director of Care, Lilian Faithfull Care comments; “As a charity it is fantastic to have the support of Signal. They have shown an amazing commitment to the project; the well-being and safety of our residents has always been their main consideration. This project makes such a tangible difference to the lives of our residents. It is not just the wonderful experience of the cycle ride; but also the friendships and conversations it starts. Our residents know that the team at Signal care enough about them to give up their time – that is really special.”

Lilian Faithful Care trishaw launch

It doesn't matter how old you are, we all love to feel the wind in our hair!

Geplaatst door SoGlos op Maandag 30 september 2019
Cycling without Age project

Cheltenham Borough Council have given their full support to the project ensuring access for the trishaw along the Honeybourne Line, Mike Redman, Director of Environment at CBC comments;

“We are delighted to have been able to support this fantastic health and wellbeing initiative, which will make a real difference to the quality of life of local care home residents, whilst supporting our aim of promoting more physical activity across the age spectrum”. 

The project won’t be possible without the Signal employees who explain what motivates them to volunteer; “I’ve seen the compassionate care that loved ones (like my late nanny who stayed at a Lilian Faithfull care home for a very short time before passing) receive, and I want to give something back to help the community.” Aimée Mann

“I decided to volunteer because I thought it would be a great way to get some exercise and get outside while making other people happy at the same time.”  Lucas Abbott

I'm a firm believer in the positive effects of being active and outdoors and sharing experiences with others. After caring for my granny during her last few years I became aware of how loneliness can creep in. I feel really fortunate and lucky to have this opportunity to volunteer through my work and to take part in such a fun initiative with the local community. My Granny, Violet, would have absolutely loved this.

Zoe Illingworth

The trishaw has comfortable seat for two passengers so Lilian Faithfull Care residents can enjoy the ride alongside a carer or a member of their family.  As one resident puts it; “I felt like the Queen!  It was wonderful! I saw bits of Cheltenham I’ve never seen before!

Cycling without Age project
Cycling without Age project