We are fortunate to have a delivery team of experienced cycle instructors, professional bike mechanics and bike fitters. Collectively we have about 90+ years of mechanic experience and 120 years of instructor time, focused solely on family and community engagement. Using our peer-to-peer approach and interacting with those we help we always learn, adapt and improve our delivery approach, with our expertise you will always be in safe hands.
David is a family cycling expert with over two decades of experience. A qualified bike mechanic, cycle instructor and accredited balance bike instructor, David has a wealth of knowledge and expertise about family cycling in London a love of learning and helping families and children discover new places to visit and activities to take part in. If you need an expert in bikes for toddlers he’s your guy.
A community outreacher for a majority of his life, he has travelled to many places by foot and bike and seen many wonderful places. An avid speaker he has been able to share and exchange ideas with many like-minded people. His big personality is a great thing to see for yourself. His energy radiates and it has trickled down to his colleagues who adopt a relaxing and fun way of working and approaching things.
Agneiszka is the most important part of the finance team at Wheely Tots. She ensures that the books run smoothly, and the right information is exchanged between the team at the right time in the right way. As the number cruncher, she structures our budgets and accounts for our projects so everyone knows what’s going on.
She fell in love with bikes again when she started working with Wheely Tots. Hired during the lockdown in 2020, she says that lockdown helped her keep up and manage to go for long rides with her daughter.
A lover of numbers and a mathematical genius, Jonathan took his passion for numbers to study for a degree in Mathematics and Finance. He passed with flying colours achieving a first.
He supports Agnieszka with maintaining accurate financial records, producing reports, and allocating expenditure to projects. He helps with budgets & cash flow, Quickbooks and payroll.
As a child he used to ride bikes from the age of 5 years old. An avid gym user, he likes running and tennis. He may one day be the next South American Rafa Nadal.
Kate leads on Connecting Well – our intergenerational walking and cycling programme with wellbeing at its heart. Kate has worked in the community and voluntary sector in Tottenham for over 15 years, where she’s also a local. She loves working with people and bringing them together in new creative ways that help build and strengthen communities. She started cycling again – after a very long time – during lockdown and is slowly but surely building up her confidence and challenging herself to cycle whenever possible.
The wise wizard of the group with a love for cycling and running, Lydia is our Project Manager. An avid explorer of London, usually on her two-wheeled steed, she shares her enthusiasm for inclusiveness and her passion for cycling with others. She is a qualified bike instructor and has completed a home mechanic course. She is also a writer and has a keen eye for art where creativity shines and her perspective really comes through.
Michael, Delivery Manager
Rhiannon is the go-getter of the group with a vast understanding of the charity world she knows how to get things done. We call her the Stephen Spielberg of Wheely Tots as she makes ideas and thoughts into a reality. She is a qualified career coach, helping to inspire individuals to reach their dreams while helping them develop the skills they need to further their career. She is our walking expert and she shapes the walking and cycling ethos here. Her favourite place to walk in Haringey is a circular route through all four ancient woodlands in the borough (Bluebell Wood, Coldfall Wood, Queens Wood & Highgate Wood).
Gloria, Eleanor, Richard and Merna keep the ball rolling at Wheely Tots. Their collective skill set of charity, business administration and deep community development expertise have shaped and guided us. With their tactical insight and overview of things, they are the pillar of foundation at Wheely Tots.
A bit of history
2020 marked 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.
“Esme 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
“Armagan was very nice and professional. She made good time for everyone and gave excellent input. Excellent teacher.”
Parent of 2 year old