Wheely Tots is a registered children’s charity that believes all children and families should be healthy, confident and resilient.
We facilitate community development and combat social isolation. We support participants, volunteers and freelance session leaders to learn and grow, embedding skills and knowledge within communities.
Our skill set includes project management , bike mechanics, cycling instructors and problem solving in a new community context with online offerings, food and other essential deliveries and mobile bike servicing. We take a robust approach to social distancing and hygiene measures and apply the latest advice to all our key worker activities to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
We operate in and around Woodberry Down, Haringey, Tottenham & Northumberland Park, some of the most diverse, disadvantaged but totally brilliant parts of London. What we do isn’t easy but we say that it’s just like learning to ride a bike!
All of our projects emerge from and respond to a direct need; many are partnership-based and participant-led.
Key areas of work
– Practical Cycling advice for parent & toddler balance bike, family and adult cycling advice over the phone, via zoom, skype, WhatsApp or any other app of your choice!
– a kit library, where people can buy or borrow a toddler balance bike. We also have adult bikes and can give fitting advice remotely to choose the right sized bike for you or your children
– Charitable projects involving families, cycling, and social inclusion,
– “Your Bike Project” a three-year youth-led cycling programme for 11 – 18 year olds, commissioned by Haringey Borough Council is being repurposed into an online offering for young people in Broadwater Farm and Northumberland Park as well as using our session leaders to help with deliveries by cargo bike.
– a volunteer programme where we’re currently looking for people to help us transition to online offerings and support other key workers.
We’re a unique registered charity helping families, adults & children cycle more regularly. We focus on toddlers and their parents. People tell us that we are great at encouraging family bonding and community development.
Wheely Tots is based around Woodberry Down, N4 near Manor House tube, Finsbury Park, and the Model Traffic Area at Lordship Recreation Ground, N17. You can find out where we’ll be on our Events page.
If you want to make a donation, you can find us on Givey.
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Here’s what families have to say about Wheely Tots.
“David was so incredibly knowledgeable and supportive as we picked out a first bike for our 4 year old. We have joined the fantastic bike library scheme, which means that we are looking forward to coming back to Wheely Tots every time our son outgrows one bike and moves up to the next level. The passion and vision that David has for Wheely Tots and the genuine drive to benefit the community means that buying bikes through this charity feels so much better than buying a bike online without the expert advice and not knowing how long that bike will last.”
Parent of 4 year old
“We were expertly helped. We visited the Wheely Tots showroom to speak to find out the best bike options for our little one. Though still small but we wanted to get started on some wheels. The showroom had various bikes for little legs at all stages, we were giving ample time and advice allowing us to try out the bikes finding the best option for us. I highly recommend a visit to the showroom. The Wheely Tots sessions in the park are also a great way of acclimatising little ones to cycling/helmets and spending some nice outside time with them.”
Parent of 14 month old
“David was very nice and professional. He made good time for everyone and gave excellent input. Excellent teacher.”
Parent of 2 year old
Armagan, Session Leader and Ambassador
Armagan has been an improv and yoga professional for over 10 years, working with both grown ups and children. As a well-trained and very proud Wheely Tots Cycling Ambassador, she brings to sessions her smile, positivity and enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and spreading joy.
David is a qualified bike mechanic and cycle instructor specialising in family cycling. He has a wealth of practical knowledge and expertise about family cycling in London and loves helping parents and toddlers learn about places to visit and other activities to do. He knows the pros and cons of most toddler balance bikes and kids bikes so just ask if you want help choosing what’s right for you!
Gail, Session Leader
Gail has years of experience teaching adults and children to ride bikes and has particular expertise with helping primary school children. Running sessions for toddlers and parents is a breath of fresh air and her enthusiasm and passion for helping others is brilliant.
James, Session Leader
James is friendly and helpful, and always thinking of fun ways to engage with parents and toddlers. He is a qualified bike mechanic and an NSI instructor. He also teachers school children and families to ride bikes on London roads and delivers training for users of cargo bikes.
Lydia, Project Coordinator
Lydia has a wealth of experience in managing projects within community settings. She’s been exploring London by bike for many years and is passionate about sharing her enthusiasm for inclusive and safe cycling with others.
Rhiannon, Volunteering Coordinator
Rhiannon has lots of experience of working with charities and recruiting volunteers. She is a trained career coach and enjoys helping people to find opportunities to use and develop their skills through volunteering.
Vivienne, Creative Strategist & Session Leader
Vivienne is a friendly and experienced bicycle mechanic, cycle instructor and creative marketing strategist. Her passion is sustainable community-led development, with a focus on urban design and transport. Give her 10 minutes, and she’ll inspire you to better understand and care for your bicycle, and ride in a more confident and adventurous way.