Do you want to… spend more time outdoors? … be more connected in your community? … get fitter?
Volunteer as a pilot with us and do all three! Have fun and make a difference – doesn’t get better than that.
Do you enjoy cycling and chatting? Pilots are volunteers who pick passengers up from the care home and take them out for a spin, taking in parks, cycle paths and quiet roads. You will be offering not only your leg power but also an hour or two of cheerful company, supporting your passengers to enjoy the experience of being out and about. You need to be a confident cyclist, but not a super-sporty one, as the bike has a powerful electric motor.
What we provide:
- Initial training (the chance both to be a passenger and to practice using the bike)
- DBS check, risk assessment, insurance and guidelines for working with older people.
- Guidance on route planning. Co-ordination for scheduling, introduction to care homes.
- A social group of other local pilots, time to share stories, worries and tips.
Currently all our regular slots are on weekdays. Volunteering is on a sign-up basis, so there is good flexibility. We expect pilots to volunteer roughly once every 2-3 weeks. We run ‘meet the bike’ sessions if you are keen to find out more face to face and have a go on the tri-bikes.
First get on our mailing list – complete the form on our Contact Us page to express your interest in becoming a pilot and coming to a “Meet the Trishaw” session.
You will then be invited to one of our Pilot Briefing sessions where you’ll find out all about what we do and what’s involved. You’ll also start the process of getting a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and signing up to the on-line booking system.
Then comes the training. This is a three-hour session learning/revising basic cycle skills and becoming familiar with the specific aspects of being a trishaw pilot. Then you are ready to practice – first with an experienced pilot and then on your own.
You’re now ready to go! Select a ride that has been booked by one of our care homes using the on-line booking system and enjoy the ride and the company.
“It was brilliant, really well organised and the people going for rides were chatty and loved the experience” Matt