We are really lucky to have a delivery team of qualified cycle instructors, professional bike mechanics, bike fitters, and Vivienne, Armagan, Esme, George and James are the core. Combined we estimate 90+ years of mechanic experience and 120 years of instructor time which all has a family and community focus. Our peer to peer approach and buddying up those we help means that as session leaders we continually learn, adapt and improve our delivery so you always receive a quality experience.
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. Lydia has completed her instructor training and a home mechanic course and manages our delivery team.
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. Rhiannon is our walking expert and brings her expertise to shape our Walking and Cycling ethos.
Angela is passionate about cycling, graphic design and sustainability. She has combined her passions and helps with everything visual at Wheely Tots.
Stephanie has a degree in Journalism and loves writing. She has been volunteering with Wheely Tots and helping with content for the last few months. Stephanie enjoys weekend bike rides when the sun is shining.
David is a family cycling expert with over 20 years experience. He is a qualified professional bike mechanic, cycle instructor, accredited balance bike instructor and carries out bike fits for families. He has a wealth of practical knowledge and expertise about family cycling in London and loves learning from and helping parents and toddlers discover new 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!
Gloria, Richard, Eleanor and Merna all keep the wheels going round! Their combined skill sets of charity and business administration and deep community development expertise help shape and guide us in a strategic sense and they are the foundation of Wheely Tots.
2020 marks five years of Wheely Tots supporting families and young people in Haringey and North Hackney to be healthy, confident and more resilient.
During that time, the charity has delivered over 2,000 hours of balance bike sessions and reached over 1,000 families. We’ve engaged with 96 young people over the first year of our youth-led initiative, Your Bike Project. We’ve created 5 part-time jobs and trained 5 local people as cycling instructors. We’re excited by what we can achieve in the next five years.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re using our skills and resources to continue to support families to access cycling safely, and help those most in need. Delivering bikes and balance bikes, running a foodbank, mending bikes and helping families get out and about more continues to be our focus. Our innovative approach all helps make the wheels go round literally…and figuratively! Over the years we’ve proved that positive micro interactions contribute to our local communities being more healthy, confident and resilient. 69% of people meet someone “new” or “different” at our sessions and almost all tell us stories about increases in their health and well being.
“We received a very personalised service from Wheely Tots. We found a great balance bike fit for our daughter and she’s been spending hours on her new bike. It’s really nice to see her developing a new lifelong skill and to spend some constructive time as a family. Thank you.”
Here are five ways you can support us do more in your community, now and into the future:
- Book a remote consultation, a balance bike home delivery from our kit library, or a doorstep bike service
- Donate at https://www.givey.com/wheelytots to support us to provide bikes to key / NHS workers
- Tell five families in your area about Wheely Tots (and ask them to tell five more)
- Follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and share what we’re doing with your networks
- Volunteer with us to help us tell our stories
The Wheely Tots team
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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; most are partnership-based and participant-led.
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